Originally from Plymouth, Leo moved his studio to Cornwall in 2002 in order to develop a new style of painting. His works are largely based on his experience of travel, meditation and prayer. Having spent time meditating and reflecting at monasteries in Greece and the UK, he has also travelled to Ireland, Italy and Germany to sketch religious iconography and architecture in situ. His international client base reflects his interest in travel and experiencing different cultures.

Working mainly in oils and often incorporating gold, silver and bronze leaf, he is always interested in exploring new methods and techniques, study forming an integral part of his artistic practise. Many of the recurrent themes which feature in his paintings have been developed into sculptural forms.

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Leo has exhibited at a wide range of venues, including joint exhibitions with renowned artists such as Robert Lenkiewicz and Christian Caramin.

Having gained an HND in Art and Design from Plymouth College of Art and Design in 1995, Leo has since combined painting and sculpting in a range of materials for commissions and as a development of his work with teaching, running artists’ studios and working as a designer/draughtsman for architectural and engineering firms. He has fulfilled several public art commissions, including two external murals in Plymouth’s historic Barbican area.

His iconic ‘Melanin People’ paintings and T-shirts, created in order to promote racial and sexual equality, are a witty distortion of preconceptions and stereotypes. The Royal Navy Female Football Team chose to wear them during their 2003 tour.

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