The death of the painter Ali Oseku, Leskaj: He was a courageous artist and a modernist man

The death of the painter Ali Oseku Leskaj was a courageous artist and a modernist man
The death of the painter Ali Oseku Leskaj was a courageous artist and a modernist man

MP Bujar Leskaj, through a post on social networks, expressed his condolences for the death of the painter Ali Oseku. Leskaj says that Oseku was a courageous artist and a modernist man.

"I learned with regret that my friend, the prominent modernist and anti-conformist painter, former political prisoner from the communist dictatorship, lecturer Ali Oseku passed away at the age of 80. Ali Oseku was the artist who never adapted to the creative methods of Socialist Realism. There are no figures in his paintings. At the same time that one looks at a mountain, another looks at the shapes of a volcano's crater. He was a brave and born modernist painter", says Leskaj.

The post of MP Bujar Leskajt:

I learned with regret that my friend, the prominent modernist and anti-conformist painter, former political prisoner from the communist dictatorship, lecturer Ali Oseku passed away at the age of 80.

Ali Oseku was the artist who never adapted to the creative methods of Socialist Realism. There are no figures in his paintings. At the same time that one looks at a mountain, another looks at the shapes of a volcano's crater. He was a daring and born modernist painter.

In the 70s, Ali Oseku was one of the young painters who experimented with an art "different" from that of socialist realism.

The "light" of his paintings and scenographies was "blinding" for the spirit of socialist realism, which brought in the 70s not only imprisonment and then deprivation of artistic life, but also forced the author to burn his works...

From that time, only the "Portrait of the mother" and "Portrait of the husband" remained...

A contemporary of some of the most prominent names of Albanian art, Ali Oseku attended the artistic lyceum "Jordan Misja" in the years 1959-1963. In 1969, he graduated in painting at the "Academy of Fine Arts", Tirana. From 1970 to 1973, he became scenographer of the "National Theater of Opera and Ballet".

He was one of the artists sentenced to prison in 1975 in the notorious Spaç prison, after being sent for re-education in 1973. He was sentenced because his work was considered modern. After being released from prison (1979), he worked as a wing worker without the right to exhibit until 91, when he returned to creativity, being a curator at the National Art Gallery and then a lecturer and head of department at the Academy of Fine Arts.

From 1998 to 2014, he became Associate Professor and Head of the Graphics Department at the "Academy of Fine Arts", Tirana. In 2014 onwards, painter in free creativity.

With the changes in the political system in Albania after the 90s, master Ali Oseku became one of the most prominent names in Albanian visual art.

He created a large number of paintings and participated in several exhibitions in the country and abroad, after the collapse of the communist regime.

His last exhibition was opened in 2023 with the title: "All light we cannot see".

Ali Oseku never dies. It's just that he will rest in peace for a while to color the sky with his light, elegance, free spirit and generosity!

Unforgotten, Grand Master, noble

Ali Oseku!

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