BIO

Leonardo Montoya works at his art studio located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Montoya was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1972. His love for art started as a child and grew stronger with time.

By 1992 he showed his expertise for art by winning his first mural commission at Las Americas Movie Theater in his hometown of Medellin, which still can be seen today.

1998, he moved to the United States pursuing the American dream.

2002, Montoya was awarded First Place prize for the Hispanic Heritage poster contest in Tampa, FL and again in 2007. In 2004 and 2011, he won the second place prize for the same contest.

2010, he return to NYC to study in a classical drawing and painting atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art in NYC, a turning point in his career.

Since his arrival in the U.S.A., he has worked prolifically as a freelance artist.

2018 has been a great year for his work. He had the opportunity to be part of an international exhibition in the U.E.A. at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival and was awarded the title “Artist Of The Year.” Also in 2018 he was part of Contemporary Venice in Italy, his first show in Europe.