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Famous Leo Creatives, Painters, Photographers & Architects

Leos are well known for their passionate nature and their penchant for drama. This very trait of theirs as well as the drive to better themselves turns them to creative outlets to express their emotion. Leos are considered among the top 3 most artistic zodiac signs. Here are some of our favourite artists who also happen to be Leos: 

Tyeb Mehta 

An exceptionally talented artist, Tyeb Mehta is credited with bringing about the Indian art boom. It was because of him that the world's eyes were to drawn to India when it came to contemporary art. His paintings were greatly influenced by the communal turbulences he experienced during the partition of India. They are as relevant today as they were earlier. 

A recently auctioned painting of his, Durga Mahisasura Mardini  was born out of the distress he felt during the riots of 1992. It is an incredibly topical artwork of the goddess Durga killing a demon to shape the powerful idea, that anything anti-secular or anti-democratic will eventually be overcome by the spirit of India. The subtle use of colours of the flag of India - saffron, green, white and the blue of the ashok chakra drives the message home. 

 Durga Mahisasura Mardini - Tyeb Mehta. Image credit: Tyeb Mehta

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Giorgio Vasari

One of our favourite towns in the world is Florence and Florence is dotted with exceptional works by Giorgio Vasari. More prominent as an architect than a painter, he has some truly unique contributions to Florentine architecture. His renovation of the church of Santa Maria Novella as well as his loggia at the Palazzo del Uffizi together with the Vasari corridor were fresh perspectives on architecture during the renaissance period. He is also often called the first historian of art. Vasari’s book on the artists of his era was the first of its kind giving biographies of important artists and is still regarded as a reference for anyone who wishes to know about the great artists of the renaissance. 

Uffizi Loggia By Photographer: Riccardo Speziari - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Uffizi Loggia By Photographer: Riccardo Speziari

Henri Cartier-Bresson

A pioneer of street photography who famously photographed Mahatma Gandhi just 15 minutes before he was shot dead, Henri Cartier Bresson's contribution to modern photography is significant. A ferociously shy man, he is responsible for some of the most iconic images of our times. 

Image: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy artnet.

Image: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy artnet.

John William Godward

A lesser known British Artist whose neo-classicist work fell out of style with the onset of modernism, we were introduced to John William Godward and more particularly to this beautiful lady at Tefaf. His serene portraits full of vibrant colour and feminine charm provided much needed escape in the age of atrocity that he lived in at the time.

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