Leo Stopfer is a modern austrian artist who is well known as “the painter of the ballet-stars” and as a master of portrait.
Fascinated by the beauty of classical dance, he made the ballet one of the main themes of his art, cooperating with many outstanding dancers for many years. Among them are such grandees of the world ballet scene as Olga Smirnova and Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Theater), Vladimir Malakhov (State Ballet of Berlin), Maria Abashova (Ballet Theater of Boris Eifman), Maria Yakovleva (Vienna State Ballet) or Isabelle Ciaravola and Ludmila Pagliero (Opera de Paris).
A special place in the art of Leo Stopfer belongs to the collaboration with Diana Vishneva, the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater. Successfully working in the genre of portrait with Diana Vishneva, Leo Stopfer continues to create a series of portraits of outstanding personalities of the art world like the legendary opera maestro Placido Domingo, Italian-French singer-songwriter and supermodel Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Ballet legend – Russian ballet choreographer Boris Eifman.
The models depicted by Leo Stopfer are always characterized by heightened sensuality and frankness: this is his individual
style of perception of reality, which is revealed in his works. It seems that many of his paintings breathe passion, and of course, they amaze public with unusual aesthetics. And it is not surprising that these elegant paintings, intriguing and attracting, make their way throughout Europe, taking place in private collections of connoisseurs of such art.
Besides, a special style of Leo Stopfer helped him eventually to evolve from a little-known provincial master to one of the most sought-after Austrian artists.
Personal exhibitions of the artist successfully pass through the whole of Europe.
Selection of exhibitions of Leo Stopfer
2019 Wiener Staatsoper
2018 Wiener Burgtheater, Russian Culture Institute, Klimt Villa Wien, The Grandhotel Pupp (Karlovy Vary ( Carlsbad), Czech Republic)
2017 Galerie am Schillerplatz (Vienna), Château d‘Ansembourg (Luxemburg ), Hofburg Imperial Palace (Vienna)
2016 The Grosvenor House (London)
2015 Moscow Gostiny Dvor