Aia Leu is a fine art painter who works in oil and watercolour, she has lived near Kenmare town since she moved there in 1989.
A self-taught third generation artist, she studied figure sketching as a teenager in Vevey, Switzerland. Her paternal grandmother is the Swiss artist Eva Aeppli.
Aia’s work draws directly from her multicultural and bohemian upbringing, which saw her raised ‘on the road’, as her parents followed their dream of a life of ‘art and freedom’. Her work is particularly influenced by both her years spent as a child in India, and the richness of the Irish landscape, a prolific landscape painter she has recently illustrated The Oracle of Change which reflects beautifully the diversity of her inspiration.
This series of paintings explore the imagery in of trees and mountains and the sometimes human-like form of their inner spirits.
Drawings from the book ' Bebrber tattooing: in Morocco's Middle Atlas'
Spirits – was a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Aia Leu at the Ancient Rituals Tattoo & Art Gallery, Killarney, Ireland. 6th Dec- 6th Jan 2014.
This series of paintings are a journey into Aia Leu’s idea of the connected surrealism of our history, be it fauna, flora, chemistry, geology or the galaxy. The paintings show her interpretation on the four elements linked to time and the evolution of life on our planet.
This was a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Aia Leu at the Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare in 2012. This series of paintings explore the imagery of prehistoric jewels, precious gems, La Tene jewellery and bronze age rock patterns all connected to imaginary rockpools.
Doors – a series exploring the many different doors and windows of the world and their diverse individuality.