Biography

Leo Kundas Mysakov was born in Yekaterinburg (Ural Region), Russia to a family of amateur artists in 1953. He received MFA in 1975 from the Ural Academy of Art & Design. From 1975 to 1978 he had mentored students in senior level independent study of drawing and design graphics at the Ural Academy of Art & Design. Leo Kundas has been participating in Art Exhibition since 1976. He has had one-person shows at Museums and Exhibition Halls in Russia and Europe. His work has been featured in several group shows at museums and cultural centers and recently in the PBS documentary Lasting Impressions. In addition, his work is in public and corporate collections in Europe and USA. Leo Kundas has been residing in New York since 1990.

AWARDS and GRANTS

2010 The Kolodzei Art Foundation.  USA
2009 The Kolodzei Art Foundation.  USA
2008 The Kolodzei Art Foundation.  USA
2007 The Kolodzei Art Foundation.  USA
2006 The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. USA
2005-2006 The Kolodzei Art Foundation.  USA
2000 Finalist MTA Art for Transit competition subway station design, New York
1994 Two purchase awards, National Art Competition, Witmer Art Center Univ.of N.D. USA
Small Works Competition.  Denise Bibro Gallery.  SoHo, NewYork
24th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition. Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL
1990 Member of Penumbra Artist’s Association. New York
1982-1987 Member of Artist’s Union Board of ten to Award Commissions, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1981 Member of Union of Artists of USSR

COMPETITIVE COMMISSIONS

2009 Wall Mural, 1000 sq. ft. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, E. 86 St., NY, NY.
2008-2010 Design for six Barnes & Noble shopping and tote bags
2000 Commission to design poster for MTA Art for Transit, New York
1989- present Digital and scratchboard illustrations for books, book covers and for advertisements of Fortune
500 companies including Master Card, Visa, Toshiba, American Airlines, Barnes and Noble, MCI, Hewlett Packard,
appearing in Annual Reports, catalogs, and periodicals including US News and World Report, Newsweek,
The New York Times, Yellow Pages AT&T, Black Enterprise, TV Guide and Scholastic.
1987 Large scale stained glass window, World of Books Store, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1986 Large scale interior wall mosaic for Friendship Cinema, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1985 Aluminum sculpture installations for Siberian Railroad, stations Kuwicta and Okachy
1984 Large-scale interior Wall Installation, plaster relief and oil painting, Kindergarten, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1983 Large-scale facade wall mosaic for Turbine Motor Plant, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1982 Series of etchings on subject of the Old City, Museum of Literature, Yekaterinburg, Russia

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011 Frank and Dunya, Seattle. One Man Show
2010 Mimi Ferzt Gallery.  SoHo, New York. Group Show
2010 Mimi Ferzt Gallery.  SoHo, New York. Group Show
2009 Mimi Ferzt Gallery.  SoHo, New York. Group Show
2008 Mimi Ferzt Gallery.  SoHo, New York. Group Show
2007 Grosvenor Art Museum, Chester, England. One Man Show
Yekaterinburg Art Museum. Russia. One Man show. 
2006 Frank and Dunya, Seattle. One Man Show
2005 Clifton Art Center Gallery, New Jersey, (August). Group Show
Clifton Art Center Gallery, New Jersey (July). Group Show
Manhattan Graphic Center Gallery, New York. Group Show
2004 B’nai Zion Foundation Gallery, New York. Group Show
2003 The Laguardia Gallery, New York. Group Show
2002 Museum of Fine Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia. One Man Show
1999 Museum of Fine Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia. One Man Show
Marsha Child Gallery, Princeton, NJ. Group Show
1998 Synchronicity Space, SoHo, New York. One Man Show
Grosvenor Art Museum, Chester, England. One Man Show
1997 Uniondale Public Library.  Uniondale, New York. One Man Show
Urban Gallery of New Art and Artists.  Newark, New Jersey. Group Show
Lever House Gallery, New York. Penumbra Group Show Williams/Meadowlands Center for the Arts. Rutherford, New Jersey. Group Show
1996 LMG Gallery.  SoHo, New York. Group Show
Reggio Gallery.  New York. Group Show
Art Initiatives’ 148 Gallery. New York. Group Show
1995 El Bello Gallery.  Toronto, Canada. Group Show
Chase Manhattan Bank.  New York, Group Show
Lever House Gallery.  New York, Group Show
1994 The New York Academy of Science.  New York. Group Show
NY Botanical Garden. Bronx, New York, Group Show

EDUCATION

1967-1970 School of Art for Children, Yekaterinburg, Russia. Intensive high school program
1970-1975 M.F.A. from Ural Academy of Art & Design, Yekaterinburg, Russia
1980-1981 House of Graphic Arts, Moscow, Russia. Advanced Studies in etching and lithography
1985-1986 House of Graphic Arts Moscow, Russia.  Advanced studies in etching and lithography
1990-1991 Art Student League of New York, advanced studies in etching
1995-1996 Bob Blackburn Printing Shop, New York, Advanced Studies in waterless lithography