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About Leonardo Drew

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.

American, b. 1961, Tallahassee, Florida, based in Brooklyn, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Leonardo Drew: Eleven Etchings, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
Leonardo Drew Solo Exhibition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Central Hong Kong
2015
Leonardo Drew, Vigo Gallery, London
2015
Leonardo Drew, Pace Prints, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Leonardo Drew: Eleven Etchings, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
Leonardo Drew Solo Exhibition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Central Hong Kong
2015
Leonardo Drew, Vigo Gallery, London
2015
Leonardo Drew, Pace Prints, New York
2014
Leonardo Drew, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
2013
Leonardo Drew, Vigo Gallery, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Continuum, Vigo Gallery, London
2014
wood, rosenfeld porcini, London
2014
Brand New Second Hand, Vigo Gallery, London
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