Leonardo Cremonese was born in a small rural town north of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 1970.
He spent his childhood living in the states of Piaui, Minas Gerais and Rio before moving to Australia with his family in 1983. Upon finishing school, he completed both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Art from the University of New South Wales.
In 2000 Leonardo was awarded a four year scholarship from Sydney’s Tim Olsen Gallery to study Historical Oil Painting Techniques and Drawing Practice with the successful mid-career artist Charlie Sheard.
He has been successfully exhibiting his work in Australia and overseas since 1991 and was a finalist in the Blake Prize in 2009.
Leonardo keeps his ties with Brazil alive and is influenced – in his life and work – by the teachings of the Brazilian anarchist Roberto Freire, as well as being greatly inspired by Brazilian popular music, such as Caetano Veloso among others.
His current focus involves a preoccupation with materials and the energy needed to transform them into a true work of art, in a way that might mimic matter and energy in life – from a spiritual rather than scientific point of view.