Leonardo Montoya was born in Medellin Colombia in 1972. From his childhood, he expressed a deep interest in art and the human figure. At the age of 11, he began his formal studies of drawing and painting. He entered the Eladio Vélez School of Fine Art in 1985, learning different art techniques.
Leonardo graduated Valedictorian of his High school class of 1990. Only a year later, he had his first art exhibition in Medellin, Colombia. In 1992, he won his first mural commission at the Cinema de Las Américas in Medellin, which can still be seen today. From 1991 to 1994 he also had several publications of his drawings in the newspaper El Colombiano.
He returned to Eladio Velez School of Fine Arts in 1994 to study advertising and photography for four years. From 1995to 1996 he taught art at the National Academy of Arts in Medellin and worked as an illustrator of medical books for the University of Antioquia.
He immigrates to the United States in 1998, chasing the American dream. Despite the economic hardship and instability, he never lost his interest in art. He worked with interior designers in decoration and participated in numerous art exhibitions.
In 2002, Montoya was awarded the first prize in the Hispanic Heritage poster contest in Tampa, FL and again in 2007. In 2004 and 2011, he won the second prize for the same competition.
In 2010, he had the opportunity to study classical drawing at the Grand Central Academy in NYC. There he studies hyper-realism by instructors such as Jon deMartin and Scott Waddell, a turning point in his work as an artist.
Since 2015 he began a series of exhibitions with his Diva collection, a work that highlights the character of the female figure, full of vibrant colors and three-dimensional effects. Based on experimental and mix-media art.
2018 was a great year for his career, he had the opportunity to be part of an international exhibition in UEA at the Ras Al Khaimah fine arts festival where he was awarded the title of Artist of the Year. Also, in 2018, he was part of Contemporary Venice in Italy, his first exhibition in Europe.