Leonard Mizerek has been a longtime Westport resident of 30 years. He first began his artistic education at the Delaware Art Center while growing up in Delaware. Later he attained his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at The Art Students League in New York City, under nationally known artist, Nelson Shanks. He also studied at the National Academy of Design under internationally known artist, Raymond Kinstler. Len went on to work for Esquire magazine in New York, where he then owned his own advertising business. He now paints full-time.
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. Leonard is one of 70 Elected Members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists; he was awarded Fellowship, the highest honor as one of only 28, in The American Society of Marine Artists, where he is also an Officer; and he is a Signature Member of the New England Plein Air Painters and the International Society of Marine Painters. In June 2006 at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France, Leonard was awarded Artist in Residence where he painted for the month. Those paintings were exhibited in France and subsequently one was 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 made part of the permanent collection. He was featured on the cover of American Artist magazine. He was invited as one of 23 nationally recognized contemporary marine artists to exhibit in a special three-museum exhibition, which toured New England to the Newport Art Museum, the Maine Maritime Museum and Connecticut River Museum. He was featured in American Art Collector, January 2009 issue and was feature in the September 2007 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine as one of America’s Best 15 Landscape Artists.
Past exhibitions have included: Several Featured Artist and One Man Shows; The American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; The Noyes Museum of Art; Spartanburg Art Museum and the New Bedford Museum. At the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport he has exhibited in the annual International Marine Art Exhibition since 1988 and the annual Modern Marine Masters since 1995, plus he has participated in the annual Plein Air Painters and Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters exhibitions each year as well. Two exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York; Operation Sail, Boston, MA; First Place in the Sea Heritage Marine Exhibition; The International Society of Marine Painters and numerous national exhibitions.