Leonard Mizerek Biography

Leonard Mizerek, Fellow, ASMA, nurtured his artistic love of nature while growing up in the Brandywine Valley. As a young boy, he often went painting along the Brandywine River, deriving inspiration from the countryside of nearby Pennsylvania. His early influence was with the Pennsylvania Impressionists and  Brandywine  School.

Throughout the last few years, Leonard participated in several invitational Plein Air events including Mystic, Annapolis winning Honorable Mention and Easton Maryland,  winning Second Place in the Quick Draw event.  He was featured painting live on TV France3 during a major antique boat festival.

In 2006 and 2011, he was awarded Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France and two of his paintings were made part of the museum collection.  He was one of 15 artists selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch and exhibited at the Forbes Museum in New York and made part of the permanent collection.  He was featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine.   His paintings were featured in the December 2014, January and February 2015, February 2011 and January 09 issues of American Art Collector and several issues of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine including 2013.   He exhibited with 23 nationally recognized marine artists at the Newport Art Museum, Maine Maritime Museum and Connecticut River Museum.

Known for his colorful, luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork, Leonard paints on site, deriving inspiration from the many nearby coastal locations as well as harbors throughout the world.  A central theme throughout Leonard's work is his use of light.  In Mizerek's words, "Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby.  It sets a mood and evokes emotion, which I strive to portray in my work.  I often explore various methods to interpret the way I view nature.  I prefer marine subjects because I enjoy the way water reflects the floating objects, as well as the sky and time of day.  It mirrors shapes and intensifies light.  I paint outdoors to capture the light first hand and bring out all its color and luminosity."

Leonard was awarded the Salzman Award for Excellence in Painting in the 112th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members' Exhibition of the National Arts Club in New York City.   He received the Iron Man Award from the American Society of Marine Artists for distinguished achievement and the 2006 Merit Award at the Coos Art Museum in the State of Washington.

Past exhibitions have included over 30 Featured Artist and One Man Shows.  These include the American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Chase Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, DE, the Delaware Art Museum, The Frye  Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, The Mariner's Museum, Norfolk, VA, The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, Fl, San Diego Maritime Museum, The Mystic Seaport Museum.  He has exhibited in the Annual Mystic International and Modern Marine Masters Exhibitions since 1988 and two exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York.   He graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at The New York Art Students League with Nelson Shanks and  at the National Academy of Design with Raymond Kinstler. Leonard is an Officer and one of 27 Fellows of the American Society of Marine Artists and one of 70 elected members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.  He is a member of the New England Plein Air Painters, Signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Marine Painters.

Leonard was selected for Painting Ships, Shores, & the Sea, a book showcasing America's top marine artists by North Light Books. He was chosen as a finalist in The Artist Magazine's Competition '95, '97 and 2001. He was included in magazine articles in Maine Boats & Harbors, Sea History, Marine Art Quarterly, American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. Len is also featured in the book, Splash 3, as well as Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers & Bound for Blue Water by Greenwich Workshop Press and the new book Best of Worldwide Landscape.


Artist in Residence, Museé Yvonne Jean-Haffen; Dinan, France - June 06
ISMP Ventura County Maritime Museum; Oxnard, CA - February 06
ASMA Cold Spring Harbor Museum; Cold Spring Harbor, NY - April 06
Marine Paintings Exhibition; Newman Galleries - July 05, May 06
Two Artist Show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - May 05, May 06
Two Artist Show, Admiralty Gallery; FL - Jan. 05
Guild of Boston Artists, 90th Anniversary Exhibit; Boston, MA - October 04
Modern Marine Masters Exhibition; Mystic, CT - 95 thru 2006
Guild of Boston Artists Annual Members Exhibit; Boston, MA - April 04, 05, 06
Mystic International; Mystic, CT ? 1988 thru 2005
Coos Bay Museum of Fine Art; Coos Bay, OR - July 04
Cape Museum of Fine Art; Dennis, MA - July 04
Vero Beach Museum of Art, ASMA 13th Natl. Exhibition - April 04
Harvard Club of Boston Exhibition - April 04
ASMA Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts; Dennis, MA - June thru August 04
Guild of Boston Artists New Member Exhibit - March 04
Featured Artist show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - July 03 thru August 04
One Man Show, Shaw Gallery; Naples, FL - January 04, February 06, January 09, February 2011
The Everlasting Sea: Marine Artists Past & Present - 23 Artists Invitational.  Newport Museum of Art, RI; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME; Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT ? 2003 thru 2004
Artist of the Month, Artist's Magazine Web site - 2003
Connecticut River Museum Exhibition; Essex, CT - 2002
Two Artist Show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - 2002
ASMA 12th National Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts; Dennis MA - 2002
ASMA 12th National Delaware Art Museum,
Riverfront Arts Center Museum; Wilmington, DE - 2001
Wet Paint 2000-2005, Mystic Seaport Gallery; Mystic, CT
One Man Show, Premier Etage Gallery; Newport, RI ? May 2000
Forbes Museum Invitational; New York, NY - 2000
Featured Artist, Admiralty Gallery; Vero Beach, FL ? March 2000
One Man Show, Admiralty Gallery; Vero Beach, FL - 1999
Small Treasures Show, Debruyne Gallery; Naples, FL - 1999
Galerie Jean de Chatillon; St. Malo, France - 1998
Two Man Show, Schaff Gallery; Cincinnati, OH - 1998
Aubrey's World-Seaman's Institute, South St. Seaport, NYC
Featured Artist, Annapolis Marine Art Gallery; Annapolis, MD - 1998
Marine D'Autrefois; Paris, France - 1997
One Man Show, Thames Gallery; Newport, RI - 1997
ASMA Frye Museum, Seattle, WA; Cummer Museum, FL - 1997
New England Watercolor Society Natl. Exhibition - 1995/98/99
ASMA San Diego Maritime Museum; San Diego, CA -1995
ASMA National, Mystic Seaport Museum 1992
International Society of Marine Painters Annual ? 1991 thru 2002
National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition - 1992/94
Realism 97; Parkersburg, VA
US Naval Academy Museum; Annapolis, MD - 1995
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Kings Point, NY
Operation Sail, Tall Ships Exhibition; Boston, MA
Four Artist Show, Norwalk Maritime Museum; Norwalk, CT
Museum of Arts and Science; Bridgeport, CT
Stamford Museum; Stamford, CT
University of Delaware Exhibition; Newark, DE
Virginia Museum, Local Exhibition; Richmond, VA
Brandywine River Museum; Chadds Ford, PA

Coos Bay Museum - Merit Award 06
Sea Heritage Marine Art Exhibition, New York/ First Place
Artitudes International Competition / Certificate of Excellence Delaware Art Center Scholarship Award, Wilmington, DE
One of 16 Artists selected to paint at the Forbes Ranch, CO - 1999
Competition Finalist, Artist's Magazine - 1995, 97, 2000, 02
Virginia Commonwealth University, Graduate Art Award
Northeast Watercolor Society / Napa Honor Award

Shaw Gallery; Naples, FL
Mystic Maritime Gallery; Mystic, CT
J.M. Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ, Vero Beach, FL
Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA

The Guild of Boston Artists, Elected Artist Member
American Society of Marine Artists, Fellow, Board Member
New England Plein Air Painters, Artist Member
International Society of Marine Painters, Artist Member
Lyme Art Association
New England Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member
Northeast Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member
Connecticut Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member

Griswold Collection
Forbes Permanent Collection
Bell Helicopter
American Yacht Club Collection
Tauck Tours
Lexmark International
Deloitte Touche
Vanderbilt Home Furnishings, Inc.
Fed Ex
Forging Oaks Farm
Berwind Collection
Encore Bank

Art Student's League; New York, NY
Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VA /BFA
National Academy of Design; New York, NY

American Art Collector, February 2011
Cover of Mystic Maritime Gallery 25th Exhibition Catalog - 2004
ASMA Newsletter - Fall Edition 2004
Sea History Magazine - Autumn 2004
Bound for Blue Water, Greenwich Workshop Press - 2003
Sea History Magazine - Autumn 2002
Arts & Antiques Magazine - November 2001
Cover of American Artist Magazine - August 2001, contest 2002
Marine Art Quarterly Magazine - Winter 2001
Maine Boats & Harbors Magazine - May 2001
Watercolors in a Weekend, David Charles Ltd, England - 2000
Watercolor Magazine - Spring 2000
A Gallery of Marine Art. Rockport Publishers, 1999
Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea. North Light Books, 1998
The Best of Colored Pencil III. Rockport Publishers, 1996
Making Your Watercolors More Professional. North Light, 1995
Ideas & Inspirations: Splash 3, 1994