Lez Niepo's Artist Bio
Lez Niepo first contact with Contemporary Art was as a child in hi uncle's and grandfather's art studio.
In this supportive environment Lez observed and learned the visual language.He later completed a six year term at the Art School of Artistic Handicrafts in Warsaw, Poland.
He was also introduced to range of mediums attending workshops in linoleum block printing, wood sculpture, art photography and painting. Lez was also involved in studying and playing the guitar.
The late sixties Abstract movement influenced his style of work.
He moved to Finland in 1971 and completed a body of work including paintings and some low relief assemblages. Some of this work was exhibited and sold to privat collectors. He immigrated to Canada 1973, first settling in Toronto with intention of forming blues band pursuing a musical career.
He continued to paint sporadically, and after few years off struggling to make a living as a musician hi focused his energy on travelling.Hi took various trips to Europe,North Africa,Central America and South Pacific before his 1981return to Canada and move to Sunshine Coast B.C. Eventually Lez established a Studio Allworks in Halfmoon Bay.
Lez's interest in studying Tribal Art led him to become a true explorer. In 1995 he launched a one-man expedition to the remote areas of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Vanuatu and Fiji. The events of his explorations triggered his desires to paint and make a stronger commitment to his creative process. In 2010, Lez moved his "Allworks Studio" to Powell River B.C. located south of town where he's creating his paintings to present day.
Apart from working in the studio for the last 8 years Lez regularly travel to Southeast Asia,exploring Burma,Laos, Cambodia