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Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who blends personal narrative and pop-cultural iconography from his childhood within self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of his own masculine identity. These hybridizations take the form of cutout paintings, drawings and sculptures, while also brought to life through performance.
Shaun received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives/works in Queens, New York City – the borough in which he was born and raised. He has received residencies/grants from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The New York Studio School, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Matters, New York Foundation for the Arts, McColl Center for Visual Art, Franklin Furnace and, most recently, a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. His work has been presented internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York City and Miami.