“I paint nudes- the way we enter and leave this world.”
Leonardo Lawrence is a young artist living in Southern California.
He is currently a senior at Santa Monica High School. Born in 1995, Leonardo’s passion for drawing the physical form began when he was only six. He has studied at the Brentwood Art Center and privately with David Schoffman, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and one of the leading figure drawing and painting instructors in Los Angeles.
Leonardo has also attended the gifted young artist summer programs at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts and at U.C.L.A.
Leonardo’s work has already been featured in small group shows and he is currently preparing for a show at the Hadid Gallery in West Hollywood.
His most recent works are oil on canvas. However he has also employed acrylics, printmaking, ink drawings, and other mixed media.
Leonardo depicts his stripped down figures without the affectations of clothes, accessories, and often hair, in order to emphasize the raw, essential human qualities that define who we are.
Leonardo’s hand-drawn animated short “Death of a Goldfish” was singled out for distinction at several student film festivals.
Leonardo believes in giving back to the community that has influenced and supported him by mentoring other young artists.
The proceeds from the sale of Leonardo’s artwork will go towards funding the continuation of his art studies in college.
More of his work can be viewed at Leonardolawrencecreations.