Leonid Afremov is a modern impressionist, and you can see that at once. His paintings mix hot and cold, warmth and distance, and is I suppose very typically Russian. It is the heat of the sun of a moment in a winter landscape. Born in 1955 he has lived a vagabond life, migrating from Russia to Israel, and then to the United States, to now live in Mexico.

You won’t find him in galleries and exhibitions. He almost exclusively sells online through outlets like eBay. But his style is so unmistakable that I do think he’ll have a spot in the arts literature in a hundred years time. I know I wouldn’t mind one or two of his paintings on my walls. If for no other reason to try to figure out where that boundary of heat and ice go in his work.

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