Lives and works in Ein Hod Artsits’ Village
Bronstein’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibition in museums and galleries in Israel and abroad, and is included in important collections.
His work is commissioned by important institutes.
He is represented by leading galleried around the world.
Leon Bronstein has had a life of adventure that has taken him from the country of his birth in Moldavia, to the land of Israel. An engineer and watchmaker by training, Bronstein’s vivid and active imagination ripened and evolved as he sought freedom with his family away from the constraint of the culture of his birth. Bronstein, like many seekers, discovered within himself a source of strength and creative power that would generate an artistic vocation inspired with determination to express a reach for freedom. The year was 1979, Bronstein could not find a job as an engineer or watchmaker, he needed employment, he could work with tools and had molded clay and worked with wood as a child. It was the beautiful grain of a piece of olive wood that motivated the sculptor to fashion a small figure at a wood shop in the Old City Caesarea. It was through this statue that was so well received by a local shopkeeper that Bronstein’s new artistic direction was charted. This combination of circumstances and the success of his first sculpture gave direction and purpose to his innate talent.
Bronstein’s work shares a strong affinity with the great English sculptors of this century, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. In Bronstein’s semi-abstract figures, the mass of the material is diminished as he continues the innovative idea of piercing matter to reveal the surrounding space. The object interacts with Nature to form an inter-connectedness. Large, volumetric, elongated and attenuated forms become one with the spatial environment in an all embracing relationship. Bronstein’s figures express the flow of natural curvilinear shapes in a “neo-art nouveau” manner. Elegant feminine forms appear to move like branches on a tree or blades of grass in the wind.