Glenda Leon is a Cuban artist known for her conceptual works on paper and in video, as well as installation, objects and photography. “She is interested in the interstices between visible and invisible, between sound and silence, between ephemeral and eternal.”
Her work has been described as subtle poetry, ”zooming in on the details of existence.” (Caridad Blanco de la Cruz in ArtNexus No. 49) “Her laboratory of ideas removes the notions that we have of conceptualism, incorporating delicacy, a close relationship with poetry, the feminine, and also a good dose of irony.”
Born in 1976 in Havana, Glenda Leon received a Master in New Media at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany in 2007. She received a BA in Art History at the Facultad de Artes y Letras, Universidad de La Habana in 1999, where she also studied Philology. She studied classical ballet at Centro Prodanza de Cuba (1990-99) and attended the School of Visual Arts 20 de octubre, La Habana, Cuba (1988-90). Leon’s work has been widely exhibited with recent shows in Montreal, Paris, Havana, Madrid, Cologne and New York.
She has received numerous prizes and residencies including the Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, DAAD scholarship and the UNESCO Prize for the Arts. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Musee de Beaux Arts de Montreal, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The artist lives in Cuba and Spain.
Images courtesy of the artist and MagnanMetz Gallery