Leon Hushcha’s art is undeniably his own. Recognized for his keen imagination and sophisticated eye for color and composition, Hushcha is equally adept at making paintings, prints, and drawings. Regardless of genre, all of Hushcha’s works express an unmistakable joie de vivre, making him one of the most unique of the Twin Cities’ artists.
Hushcha works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas, on wood, and on paper; he names the classic modernist masters Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, and Picasso as artistic influences. His stylistic vocabulary is one of flattened pictorial space, abstracted forms, and high-keyed color, and he pays great attention to surface.
Hushcha was born in 1946 in Villach, Austria, and immigrated to St. Paul, Minnesota with his family in 1950. He attended the prestigious Minneapolis College of Art (now Minneapolis College of Art and Design), where he graduated with a B.F.A. in painting in 1968. While at MCAD, he received the Rothschild Award for Excellence. In 1971, he received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Minnesota. Hushcha later taught painting at both institutions. He was co-founder of an artists’ collective, Fort Mango, in the 1970s, and his work was showcased in the early 1980s at the innovative Barry Richard Gallery.