Leonardo Drew
American, born 1961
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Selected exhibitions
The Onrush of Scenery,
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Black/White: Including editions and monoprints by Tara Donovan, Leonardo Drew, Paul Morrison and Vik Muniz,
Pace Prints
Leonardo Drew,
Pace Prints

Celebrated for tactile works that are rich in historical and cultural references, Leonardo Drew crafts sculptures and installations out of a mix of found natural and manmade materials that evoke urban living, humanity’s relationship with nature, and African American society, among other references. “Take a step back; the truth is right there,” he states, expressing his desire for viewers to engage with his pieces unencumbered by titles or explanations. His work is informed by his experience as an African American growing up in a public housing project. Urban detritus—including wooden scraps and objects from condemned housing and architectural sites, collected by homeless people he pays—figures in his compositions, together with tree branches, roots, paper, raw cotton, rust, and mud. Drew choreographs these materials into complex, textured forms that hold numerous stories.

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