Leon Okun

Education

  • Master’s Degree at Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts (Repin Academy), Russia,(2009- 2011)
  • Bachelor’s Degree at Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts (Repin Academy), Russia (2005-2009)
  • Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas, CA (1999 – 2003)

Teaching Experience

  • Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach , California, (Fall 2014)
    Courses Taught: Portrait/Figure Painting
  • Studio Second Street, Encinitas, California (summer semesters 2006-2011)
    Courses Taught: Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting
  • Market Street Group, San Diego, California (summer 2011 – present)
    Courses Taught: Portrait/Figure painting , drawing, Still life painting.
  • La Jolla Art Association. Current Educational director. (summer 2013- present)
    Courses Taught: Still life, Portrait Painting
  • San Diego Portrait Society , 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Portrait demonstration
  • Julian Art Guild 2012, 2014
    Portrait Workshop/Demonstrations
  • La Jolla Art Association 2012, 2013, 2014
    Portrait, Still Life Workshop/Demonstrations
  • Qualcomm, San Diego, 2013
    Cast Drawing Class (seven weeks)
  • Leon Okun studio (2011-present) San Diego, CA
    Courses Taught: Portrait Painting, Cast Drawing, Still Life Painting, and Composition.
  • San Diego Portrait Society , 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Portrait demonstration

Art History Lectures

  • Plein Air Painters of San Diego, 2013
    “Russian Art History Lecture”
  • OSHER Lifelong Learning UCSD, San Diego, 2014
    “Freedom of the expression in the oppressed state”
  • Market Street Group, San Diego, California (summer 2011 – present)
    Courses Taught: Portrait/Figure painting , drawing, Still life painting.
  • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, 2013
    “ Sorolla and America”
  • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, 2014
    “Gauguin to Warhol, 20th century Icons”
  • North University Community Library, San Diego, 2015
    “Introduction to Russian Art History”

Gallery Representation

  • Vanessa Rothe Studio, Laguna Beach (2012-present)
  • Craftsman Revival, Solana Beach, California (November 2011 – Present)
  • La Jolla Art Association, La Jolla California (2013-Present)
  • Art In the Pines, Torrey Pines, San Diego (2012-Present)
  • Siamak Gallery, La Jolla, California ( September 2011–2012)
  • Vista Art Center, Vista California, 2013

Awards

  • Honorable mention Student Summer Art Show, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, 2008
  • Best of show, Russian Art Exhibition, Encinitas Public Library, 2008
  • Best of show, 2013 Art Competition, Vista Center for the Arts, Vista CA, 2013
  • Second Place, Plein Air Juried Art Show, La Jolla Art Association CA, 2012, 2013
  • Best of show, Nothin’ but the Blues, La Jolla Art Association, 2013

Exhibitions

  • Grand Hall Student Exhibition, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Russia, 2008, 2009
  • Russian Art Exhibition, Encinitas Public Library, Encinitas, California, 2008
  • Studio Second Street- Teachers Exhibition, Encinitas, California,2007,2008,2010
  • Summer Exhibition, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Russia,
  • Grand Hall Diploma Painting Student Exhibition, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, 2011
  • Personal Exhibition, United Jewish Family Center, San Diego, California, 2011
  • Annual spring art show, St. Petersburg Artist Union 2012
  • California Dreaming, La Jolla Art Association, 2012
  • Plein Air Juried show, La Jolla Art Association 2012
  • Nothin’ but the Blues, La Jolla Art Association 2013
  • Annual spring art show, St. Petersburg Artist Union, Russia, 2013
  • Vista Art Center, Vista Art Competition, 2013
  • Black and White, La Jolla Art Association, 2013
  • Annual fall art show, St. Petersburg Artist Union, Russia, 2013
  • “Membership acceptance exhibition” St. Petersburg Artist Union, Russia 2014
  • Annual spring art show, St. Petersburg Artist Union, Russia, 2014
  • La Jolla Art Association “Every blooming thing” 2014
  • Russian Academy Meets Russian Impressionism, LCAD on Forest Gallery, 2014
  • Maritime Museum San Diego “Maritime Impressions”, 2014

Memberships

  • San Diego Portrait Society (2010-Present)
  • Portrait Society of America (2011-Present)
  • California Art Club (2011-Present)
  • La Jolla Art Association (2012-Present)
  • St. Petersburg Artist Union “Artist Member” (2012-Present)
  • “Realism Without Borders” (2013-Present)

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