Leonardas Tuleikis was born in 1939 in Babrungenai (Plunge district), died in 2014 in Vilnius. In 1963 he graduated from the Lithuanian Art Institute, and from 1983 to 1984 he taught there. In 1961 Leonardas became a member of the Lithuanian Artists' Association. In 1963 he began participating in art exhibitions. He became an honored LSSR Artist in 1978.
L. Tuleikis - was one of the most famous artists of the second half of the 20th century. The painter belonged to the avant-garde painters who legitimized the principle of deformation, and understood the modern use of folk art traditions (not in motive repetition, but in search of inspiration in the field of plastic interpretation), in Lithuanian art. The artist's paintings feature a unified composition, internal expression and constant tension, created by the combination of deep heavy color tones and constructive image structures. By using relatively simple motifs (a few powerful trees, still lifes of rustic household items, human figures) the artist invites us to think about difficult existential issues. Strongly generalized decorative paintings are charged with the spirit of the Lithuanian countryside, striking with bright red sunsets. The works of the last decade are characterized by the use of brighter colors, impressionism-like shiny blue shades, enhanced decorativeness, and a longing and hopeful mood.
"Kaukė", 1969, aliejus ant drobės, 60x46, 1000€
"Vienatvė", 1969, aliejus ant fanieros, 79x70,5, 1000€