A native New Yorker, Barbi Leifert shows her paintings in Malibu, New York, Florida and Seattle. Ms. Leifert, a dancer since the age of three, has observed that when she’s creating a painting, she actually has the movement in her body to the extent that she’s painting the feeling of the dance and not just the imagery.
Ms. Leifert, who was a dancer since the age of three, has observed that when she’s creating a painting, she’s not copying pictures of movement. From her many years of dance and choreography, she actually has the movement in her body to the extent that she’s painting the feeling of the dance and not just the imagery. She has taken all that she has embraced as a dancer and shows the fluid lines of motion and the flashes of spark and color in her paintings. The expressive gestures she has preserved on canvas are reminiscent of the remarkable choreography of George Balanchine and the dazzling New York City Ballet; the gravity defying fluidity of Mikhail Baryshnikov; and the delightful dancing seen in “An American in Paris,” choreographed by Tony award winner Christopher Wheeldon. Other contemporary dancers represented in her partings include Charles (Lil buck) Riley, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.
As far back as she can remember, Ms. Leifert has always painted. As a child, she studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum. Her uncle was a printer who brought her reams of paper. Even much later in life, after she began painting for commission-based works, she never forgot her roots in dance. Dance and Art are one and the same. Both require intense focus for hours and enormous passion that transcends time and space.