Ana Leal

Ana Leal

Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

About Ana Leal

Ana Leal’s photographic work explores ideas of memory, the passage of time, and empty spaces. She uses strategies of minimalism and fragmentation to invite viewers into the inner labyrinths of her subjects. Inspired by the notion of The Void, as a way of experiencing contemplation when immersed in these unoccupied spaces, Leal takes her audience to a timeless place of diffuse spatiality. She aims to capture the beauty of simplicity through abstraction or rendering subtle images that emphasize minutiae.

Leal works with both digital and film cameras creating either simple images or photo collages to produce Archival Pigment Print pieces on a variety of supports such as paper, canvas, or aluminum.

Leal is the recipient of the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award. She also received an Honorable Mention on Prix de La Photographie Paris and was nominated on Latin America 7. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Brazil in galleries such as Davis Orton (NY), Praxis Gallery ( MN ), Black Box Gallery ( OR ), and Photoplace Gallery ( VT ) and rests in many private collections. She has been published at Envision Arts Magazine, Thought art Magazine and Dodho Magazine

Leal (b. 1969, Brazil) currently works and lives in São Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Miami International University of Arts and Design (2018), and her Bachelor of Arts in photography from the Pan American School of Arts in São Paulo (2013).


2018 MFA in photography , Miami International
University of Arts and Design, Miami, FL

2013 BFA in Photography , Escola Panamericana de
Arte e design, São Paulo, Brazil

1994 MBA in Marketing, Universidade de
Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

1993 BA in Economics, Universidade Federal de
Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil



2020 15th Julia Margaret Cameron award’s non-prof - Winner Abstract
2020 15th Julia Margaret Cameron award’s non-prof - Honorable Mention Fine Art
2019   Prix de la Photographie Paris - Honorable Mention
2018   Latin America 7


2020/07 - Thought Art Magazine Issue 2
2020/01 - Envision Arts magazine Volume 2
2019/05 - Dodho Magazine - “Psychological Landscapes ” series
2019/01 - Envision Arts Magazine - "Psychological Landscapes” series
2019/01 - Dodho Magazine - “Keep Going” series


2020/08 - Davis Orton Gallery 6th Annual Group Show - New York, NY, USA

2020/07 - The Still Life, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis MN, USA

2020/05 - Art in the Time of Corona - Dab Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2020/03 - “Shadow and Light” - Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

2020/01 - “Mulheres de Visão “ 4º Fotografia Arte Plural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2020/01 Abstraction - Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

2019/05 The Sublime Landscape, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis MN, USA

2019/09 Personal Narrative - Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

2019/05 TOAF Brooklyn, New York, USA

2019/01 Mostra Quartos e Etc 2019, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2018/12 Lines and Curves - PH 21 Gallery - Budapest, Hungary

2018/09 Mostra Casa Cor PE 2018, Recife, PE, Brazil

2018/03 Frank Contemporaries, The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall, Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

2018/02 Repetition of Space, Wynwood Lofts, Miami, FL, USA

2017/10 MFA students show, Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL, USA

2015/12 Essência, Espaço Moldura Minuto, São Paulo, Brazil