Master surreal portrait artist Jota (pronounced Hota) Leal will make an exclusive visit and meet-and-greet at the Art encounter gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2 from 3-6 p.m. each day.
Leal’s work is highly stylized and completely identifiable. He paints the inner soul of his subjects and manifests it as their outer persona. His famous portraits cover many notable subject areas: movies, music, art and literature, politics and history, Wild West and sports. Walking by the art gallery, his famous figures such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Clint Eastwood and Al Pacino instantly reach out and grab you.
“This is a return visit for Jota whose work sparks constant conversation and interaction,” said gallery owner Rod Maly. “He is truly a master of exaggeration and entrancing imagery.”
Jota began drawing and painting at a very young age, and never studied fine art. He always wanted to paint people especially their faces. Jota was the second of three brothers and his parents worked in the oil fields in Venezuela. Jota studied electrical engineering and graduated with honors but it didn’t take long for his circuits to become lines, numbers to become colors, and brushes to replace the sweep of physics theories. Now the 37-year-old artist paints all the time. In Venezuela, he received the Caricaturist of the Year Award for 2003. His art follows the grand tradition of the great portrait painters of the past, as well as the more recent caricature masters. His sense of humor shows the delicate whimsy of a Max Beerbohn or Al Hirschfeld, but with a more fully rendered painting style. Jota executes his stand-alone style with pencil on paper, acrylic on board, and acrylic on canvas to achieve his amazing images. His originals are now being added to major collections in the United States.
Art encounter, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, Las Vegas, NV 89109, phone 702-733-2000, has regular mall hours opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. About Art encounter
Art encounter has been serving Las Vegas since 1992 and was a past winner of the reader’s choice as the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Best Gallery. The company currently represents distinct global artists, maintains award-winning custom framing and offers a certified fine art appraising service to museums and private collectors from its offices located at 5720 S. Arville, Suite 119, Las Vegas, NV 89118, 702-227-0220. More recently, Art encounter became the worldwide distributor for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Horse and Rider,” a bronze cast from a wax model from the hand of Leonardo himself. Now they have opened a new gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars featuring fine art from some of the world’s top private art collectors and “Horse and Rider” exclusively. For information, visit http://www.artencounter.com/.