Leunora Salihu

BIOGRAPHY

1977-

Leunora Salihu, born in Prishtina, Kosovo, where she later studied at the Academy for Fine Arts. Early on, Salihu took up a very individual track and continues to pursue, often combining different materials in her sculptures including ceramic, wood, and metal. Her sculptures, along with the spatial bodies and installations, explore the possibilities and limits of movements by using the repetition of organic and constructive form-elements. She has established a considerable and multi-layered vocabulary of industrial, architectural, and organic forms, which grant her works a sense of functionality, blurring the lines between where the sculpture ends and where the pedestal begins; between interior and exterior.


In 1999 she fled to Germany, where she moved her studies to the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and then further to the Art Academy in Düsseldorf where she worked with Tony Cragg, and from which she graduated in 2009. Since then, she has received several awards and was included in a number of group exhibitions, including The National Gallery of Kosovo, Philara Stiftung, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, and Kunstraum Düsseldorf. The first noteworthy solo exhibitions Salihu had in 2011/12 at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and very recently at the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Currently for June 2018, she is preparing a solo exhibition at the Museum Lothar Fischer in Neumark i.d.OPf. who awarded her with the Lothar-Fischer-Preis 2017. Leunora Salihu lives and works in Düsseldorf.