Stephanie Leonard Biography
Life changed forever when cancer grabbed a hold of my child. From that precise moment, I began to see the world around me with a heightened sense of survival and purpose. My oil paintings explore the relationships between fear, loss and salvation. With the use of surrealism and magical realism that can range from detailed to loosely abstracted forms, my narratives stem from the turmoil of my daughter having cancer and my life in Peru as a child where terrorism, poverty and natural disasters often resulted in loss. Within these fearful and enigmatic environments, a side of optimism, survival, rescue, healing, and salvation can ultimately exist. I was born in Peru, South America and lived there for 13 years; much of the picturesque but also tragically impoverish culture and surrounding visual arts to depict this environment had a lasting impact. I later grew up in Southern California and graduated from the California University of Long Beach emphasizing on Psychology and Biology in hopes to pursue neurosurgery, but, with my daughter’s illness I was veered in this artistic journey. Within a year of my child’s recovery I began my formal education, obtaining a Masters of Fine art degree in Painting from The Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA. My work is in private collections in the US and in South America. It has been exhibited in diverse locations, including the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach, Tag Gallery, and Studio C Gallery in Los Angeles, East Ends Art in New York, through public artworks, and in the set design for The Universal Pictures feature film Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
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