"His work has a pent-up power and magnetism, an atomised complexity that draws viewers to it."
- Caroline Roux, Financial Times
Leonardo Drew (b. 1961) lives and works in New York, NY. Drew attended Parsons School of Design, New York, NY from 1981 – 82 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY.
Drew has had domestic and international solo exhibitions at Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, TX; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA; Fine Art Society, London, UK; Galleria Napolinobilissima, Naples, Italy; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Galerie Lelong, New York, NY; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY; Ground Level Overlay, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collaboration, New York, NY; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Pace Prints, New York, NY; The Pace Roberts Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX; Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MI; San Francisco Art Institute, Walter/Mc Bean Gallery, San Francisco, CA; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; VIGO, London, UK; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.
Recent group exhibitions include New Prints and Editions, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY, 2021; Hockney to Warhol: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, 2021; Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, 2020; Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2020; Black Refractions: Selections from The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, 2019; Talisman In the Ages of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK, 2018; AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibitions, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, 2018; The Bleak and the Burgeoning, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AK, 2018; Between I & Thou, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, 2017; New At the NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, 2017; Editions, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY, 2017; Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, Odgen Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, 2017; Summer Group Show, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland, 2014; Material World, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 2013; San Antonio Collects Contemporary, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, 2014; Against the Grain - Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, 2012; Memory, International Contemporary Sculpture, PAN, Palazzo delle Arti di Naoli, Naples, 2012; 30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, 2011; and From then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH, 2011.
Selected public collections include Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Caldic Collectie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX; McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Gallery of Art Washington DC; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH; Ruby City, San Antonio, TX; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Sorigue Foundation Collection, Lérida, Spain St Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Tate, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AK; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.