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KEVIN LEDO

 

KEVIN LEDO

Having been raised a devout Catholic, later educated as an illustrator, and presently neither one nor the other, Kevin Ledo's orientation in painting is in reaction to the two. Ledo's work is captivated by ethereal wonderment and is tangled in idealism, beauty vs. divinity, mythology and mysticism.

“Through my paintings, I am attempting to discern what it is, at the base of our being, we all wish to fulfill; and in attempt at finding such fulfillment, what hopes, aspirations and fears materialize.”

Ledo is a Portuguese Canadian who grew up in a mix of ethnic and urban cultures in Montreal.  From skate and rave, punk and metal, to hip hop and techno, Ledo found a love for it all. Today these influences have become a part of his makeup, life and creativity. While art and painting have always been present in Ledo's life, he set out on his path to becoming a full time painter in 2005.

Ledo recently exhibited at ModeMuseum in Hasselt, Belgium, is represented by Ayden Gallery in Vancouver and often collaborates with the EN MASSE art project in Montreal. Ledo has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Cool Hunting and numerous other publications and media including CBC Radio1 and the Montreal Mirror. Ledo's paintings are internationally collected.

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Ayant été élevé dans un fervent catholicisme, suivant ensuite une formation d'illustrateur, et présentement ni l'un ni l'autre, l'orientation de Kevin Ledo dans la peinture découle d'une réaction face aux deux. Le travail de Ledo se laisse intriguer par un émerveillement impalpable, et  s'emmêlé dans l'idéalisme, la beauté contre la divinité, la mythologie et le mysticisme.

“À travers ma peinture, j'essaie de discerner ce que, à la base de notre être, nous souhaitons tous accomplir ; et dans une tentative de trouver un tel accomplissement, ces espoirs, aspirations et craintes se matérialisent.”

Ledo est un Canadien d'origine portugaise qui, grandissant à Montréal, a baigné longtemps  dans un mélange de cultures ethniques et urbaines. Du skate et rave, punk et métal, à hip-hop et techno, Ledo s'est épris de chacun. Aujourd'hui, ces influences sont devenues une partie insécable de son caractère, de sa vie et de sa créativité. Malgré le fait que l'art et la peinture aient toujours été présents dans la vie de Ledo, il débute sa carrière de peintre à temps plein en 2005.

Ledo a récemment exposé au Musée ModeMuseum à Hasselt en Belgique, est representé par la Gallerie Ayden à Vancouver, et il collabore régulièrement avec l'organisation artistique EN MASSE à Montréal.  De plus, Ledo a été présenté dans le magazine Juxtapoz, Cool Hunting ainsi que plusieurs autres publications et medias, incluant CBC Radio1 ainsi que le Montreal Mirror.  Les œuvres de Ledo se trouvent dans des collections à l'échelle planétaire.

PRESS

Montreal Gazette
“Collaboration draws the community into art” by John Pohl
August 13th, 2011
www.montrealgazette.com

ModeMuseum Exhibition Catalogue for Devine / Devout
“Sisters Divine, Sinners De Lux” by Mark Armstrong
June 26th, 2010
http://www.modemuseumhasselt.be/

Cool Hunting
“Velvet Renaissance” by Mike Giles
March 19th, 2010
http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/velvet-renaissa.php

Lighthouse Wire Magazine
Queens University visual art magazine
Vol. 8, 2010, p. 23, p.34

Juxtapoz Magazine
“Kevin Ledo on Idealized Beauty, Salvation, and Stick on Googly Eyes” interview by Lindsay Alderton
November 7, 2009
http://www.juxtapoz.com/Features/kevin-ledo-on-idealized-beauty-salvation-and-stick-on-googly-eyes

Montreal Mirror
“Glorious Naked Females” by Stacey Dewolfe
June 26th, 2008
http://www.montrealmirror.com/2008/062608/artsweek.html

Moco Loco
‘If Only I Knew Your Name” by Sabine7
June 26th, 2008
http://mocoloco.com/art/archives/005660.php

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SOLO EXHIBITION

March 2010, Velvet Renaissance, Velvet Speakeasy, Montreal
September 2008, The Art of Mix and Mingle, The Richmond, Toronto
June 2008, Persuasion, Ctrl Lab, Montreal
March 2008, The Guiding Light, Station-C, Montreal
January 2007, The Guiding Light, Galerie Le Kop Shop, Montreal

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

March 2011, En Masse Retrospective, Galerie Pangee, Montreal
Exhibition with artists including Jason Botkin, Rupert Bottenburg , Omen and numerous other artists in a series of collaborative paintings

February 2011, Seventh, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Exhibition with artists including Ben Tour, Camilla d'Errico and Kristian Adam
Curator: Ken Lum

Sept 2010, 11|12|09|10, CrossCheck Studio, Montreal
Exhibition with Tasha Aulls, Dominique Desbiens and Sarah Marcotte-Boislard
Curator: Angela Carter

July 2010, Larger than Life, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Exhibition with William Chad Willsie, Indigo and Morgan Jeske
Curator: Ken Lum

June 2010, Devout/Divine – Fashion vs Religion, MODEMUSEUM Hasselt, Belgium

February 2010, EN MASSE, Eaton's Centre, Montreal
Collaboration with numerous artists including Jason Botkin, Tim Bernard, Omen and Rupert Bottenberg
Curators: Jason Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg

October 2009, Smile I'm Your Brother, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City
Curator: Mike Giles and Bob Kronbauer

September 2009,Configuration of Posture, Pose and Purpose, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Exhibition with artists including Ben Tour, Mandy Tsung, and Jordan Bent
Curator: Ken Lum

August 2009, Poor Traits, Headquarters Gallery, Montreal
Curator: Jason Botkin and James Curr?July 2009,

Two Brownies and an Olive, Headquarters Gallery, Montreal
Exhibition with Melanie Garcia and Shabana Ali

December 2008, Photo Op, Galerie Plum, Montreal
Curator: Amanda MacDonald

August 2008, Art Undressed, Just for Laughs Museum, Montreal
Curator: Conseil des arts du Québec

March 2008, The Sexy Show, Galerie Headquarters, Montreal
Curator: James Curr

November 2007, Modèle Behaviour, Galerie Pangée, Montreal
Exhibited with Gabriel Dawe, Melanie Garcia and Christophe Luxereau
Curator: Eric Bolduc

November 2007, The Light Show, Headquarters Galerie, Montreal
Curator: Jen Storey?June 2007, Pindemonium, Articule, Montreal
Curator: Melissa Campbell and Lisa Fitzhugh

March 2007, Untitled, YAWA, Vancouver
Exhibited with Camilla D'Errico, Curtis Hoines and Megz
Curator: Graham Ling

August 2006, Warrior Magazine Group Art Show, Blizzarts, Montreal
Curator: Andrew Hunter

July 2006, Untitled, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Curator: Kenneth Lum

June 2006, Sensual Art Show, Ucluelet
Curator: Marla Thirsk

June 2006, Food and Wine Festival, Tofino
Curator: Marla Thirsk

May 2006, You And Whose Army?, Vancouver
Exhibit with Dale Nigel Goble
Curator: Graham Ling

December 2005, You And Whose Army?, Vancouver
Exhibited with Jennifer Kleinsteuber and Marcus Macleod
Curator: Kenneth Lum

November 2005, Hairball, Arts Club, Vancouver
Curator: Kenneth Lum

REPRESENTATION

Myra Gallery, Miami
Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Galerie Klimantiris, Montreal

EDUCATION

1999- DEC, Illustration and Design, Dawson College, Montreal

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