Hans Martin Schleeh was an abstract figurative sculptor and painter who was born in Koenigsfeld, Germany. He studied sculpture at the Lahr School for Sculptors under Richard Class; and at the Fine Arts Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany; graduating in 1948. He emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1951 and years later moved to Don Mills,Ontario. He subsequently traveled in France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
His sculpture mediums are marble, stone, copper and steel. His painting mediums include oil, watercolor and pastel. His subjects include birds, nudes, musicians and mythology. He has worked primarily as a sculptor since 1962.
He started showing his work in 1953 and had his first one man show of 42 sculptures in Montreal's Dominion Gallery in 1960. He has since had numerous shows in various cities including New York, and Paris, as well as showing with the RCA. His work is in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Tel Aviv Museum (Israel), the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Edmonton Art Gallery and the Storm King Art Center in Mountain Ville, New York. It is also in many corporate and private collections.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Quebec Sculptors Association. He is listed in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald, published by Canadian Paperbacks Ltd.; and The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar, published by Westbridge Publications Ltd. He is also in Who's Who in American Art 2001 -2002, published by Marquis.
Prepared and contributed by M.D.Silverbrooke