Leonas Strioga

1930 · Lithuania

Artist biography

Leonas Strioga was a creative artist, who originates from Lithuania, like other well-known artists such as Erica Ayte, Danutė Eidukaitė, Id Raven, Liudvikas Ruikas, and Vladas Jankauskas. Leonas Strioga was born in 1930.

Further Biographical Context for Leonas Strioga

Leonas Strioga was born in 1930 and grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism.

In the United States, the Great Depression had a tremendous influence on artistic production, with a number of artists taking inspiration from the agrarian and the humble man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread collectives of artists began to address politics, and endeavoured to use their art to influence society. Artists held exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

In Europe, Surrealism continued to be the dominant artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread across the globe. In Mexico, artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated many of these ideas into their radical political ideologies to develop a innovative kind of magic realism.

In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty unique paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

The era assumed a sinister turn with the dawn of National Socialism in Germany, and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The decade would culminate in the inset on the Second World War; a political and social furore that preoccupied not only artists, but great swathes of the world’s population.

Leonas Strioga

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