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 child and grew stronger with time.

By 1992 he showed his greatness for art by winning his first mural commission at Las Americas movie Theater in his home town Medellin, which still can be seen today.

1998, he moved to 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 went back to study classical drawing and painting atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art in NYC, a turning point in his career.

He has done a good account of exhibitions between Colombia, NYC, Tampa and South Florida; he had also worked with interior designers as a free lance artist all along since his arrival to the US.

2018 has been a great year for his work, he has the opportunity to be part of an international exhibition in the UEA at the Ras Al Khaimah fine arts festival and he was awarded the Artist of the year title. That gives him more hopes for the future and ignites a light to keep following the path of a big dreamer.