German Artist on an Art Exchange Program in Goa hosted by GTDC


Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), as part of a cultural exchange program,  is  hosting renowned  German artist, Ms. Angelika Khan Leonhard. In Goa  for the last  one week, Leonhard is  on a  mission to  nurture   young  Goan   artists  and tap talent with a  brush of  creativity and colour.
For Leonhard,  Goa is a paradise well-known for its Art and Culture, expanding in its own ways and  spreading its vibrant wings across the country.
Ms. Leonhard, said, “My  passion for  painting   has  drawn  me   to  Goa to exchange and collaborate with  Art students here.”
Having  visited India  several times,  this  trip, according  to  her,    is  very  special  as  she  finds herself very much at home  and  has  assimilated  well with  the   Goan setting for a  picture  perfect canvas  painting.
“Thanks to  GTDC  for  giving me this  opportunity   to  work  with  Goan students,” she  said. Leonhard pointed out that she   will always   be grateful to  GTDC  for  giving  her  a platform to  showcase   her  art  which  is  a  fusion of   the  Western and Indian  art forms. “What I   wish  to  portray   through    my paintings  and   workshops with  Goan artists  is  the  dynamism  of   India as a country.  Today   India  is  projected  as an unsafe   country  for  foreign  visitors which is  not  true.  I  have  seen a  different  picture altogether. There  is  so  much of  hospitality,    respect  for  women, gender  equality and  visitors  to  India  have  nothing to  fear.” She  further said, “I   have   enjoyed  the  warmth and hospitality of  the people  of  Goa and  I  want to  reciprocate  the same  with  a dash of  colour and  art.”
The  German artist, though  talent  in art, pursued  her  passion and  studied  Art  in Italy and Germany.  An Art  professor  herself,   
Leonhard has  come  with  a group of  seven German Art students who have  been working  closely   during the  last   one week    imparting  knowledge  of  modern  art through   daily workshops   at   Miramar  Residency. “The  climate here  is  nice  and bright  and is enthusing  us   more  and more  to  splash  paints  on  big canvas’,”  she  said.  Leonhard believes   in  painting  large  pictures as  they  speak out  clearly  and send  out  distinct and clear  messages of   harmony.  “I    love  to  paint to  large  walls  as  much as  I  do  on canvas,”   concluding  that ‘she wants to bring the world closer through Art.