Dawn Breaking by Markus Leydolt

Markus Leydolt

The journey of this gifted artist began at the early age of three. While playing with tempera paints, Markus displayed to his parents a raw, natural ability for expressing himself through art — a talent deeply-rooted on both sides of his family. These creative inspirations would lead him to showcase his work at nine years of age in the “Young at Art” section of the Kawartha Arts Festival. From that very first exhibition, Markus has garnered acclaim: earning awards, prizes and accolades, a diploma in hand-drawn animation, invitations to other shows, and commissions in Canada and abroad.

Throughout most of his youth, Markus has resided in the Kawarthas, surrounded by nature and wildlife. This has instilled in him an affinity for, and spiritual connection with, the natural world around him and concern for its welfare — a theme commonly reflected in his work. Though acrylics and wildlife remain his preferred medium and subject, Markus actively explores new styles, mediums and themes to find his voice as an artist on the world stage. He continues to showcase his artwork in shows, tours, and online, driven by an unrelenting desire to create art that is a force for positive change in the world.