Stephanie Leonard was born in Peru and lived there for 13 years. The dichotomy of a picturesque country, visually rich in the arts and with affluent societies - against - the tragically impoverish, the prevalent terrorism and natural disasters of that time, left a lasting impact, one about “beauty and chaos.” Several years later in the US, Leonard first begun drawing and painting when her life was drastically altered upon finding out that her 5 year old daughter had cancer. Today, Stephanie Leonard is an artist and Fine Arts College Professor in Orange County, California.
Her work is in private collections in the United States and in South America, it has been exhibited in group shows in the East Coast and in diverse areas of Southern California as well as the Laguna Art Museum, through public artwork, and in the set design for Universal Pictures feature films. With the use of surrealism and magical realism that can range from detailed to simplified forms and ongoing experimentation of undefined art that revels in the uncanny, Leonard’s oil paintings often explore narratives about wonder, nostalgia, and the resiliency of the human spirit.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The California State University of Long Beach and Masters of Fine Art degree in Painting from The Laguna College of Art and Design, in California.
Eccentric: A National Exhibition of Surreal Artworks and Unconventional Materials. Exhibition opens June 11 to June 27, 2020. FREE and open to the public, opening reception Thursday June 18th at D'Art Center in Norfolk Viginia, US.
2019 The Perception Project - Shifting Perspectives on Trauma, Group Show, Castelli Art
Space, Los Angeles, CA
2018 On the Ropes, In the Kisser, Group Show, Coastline Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2018 Fifty Shades Freed, Art in set Design of feature film by Universal Pictures
2017 Bareback II Symmetry in Motion, Group Show, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 2017 California Open Exhibition, Group Show, Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Playing with Perspective - 6th National Juried East End Arts Exhibit, Group Show, East
End Arts Gallery, Riverhead, NY
2017 Emerging Artists, Group Show, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 Intuitive Realities, Q Art Salon, Group Show, Santa Ana, CA
2017 Pacific Art Foundation, Group show, Newport Beach CA
2017 Fifty Shades Darker, Art in set design of feature film by Universal Pictures
2017 Go Face Yourself, Cast of Crowns Art Collective Gallery, Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 Taking Measure, Group Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Like MARK, Group Show, Coastline Art Gallery, Group Show, Newport Beach, CA
2016 Emerging Masters, Laguna College of Art + Design MFA exhibit, Group Show, Laguna Art
Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Pacific Currents, Group Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Lineage, Group Show, Santa Ana, CA
2015 The 26th Annual Collectors Choice juried Art Auction and Fundraiser, Group Show,
Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Emerging Masters: Laguna College of Art + Design MFA exhibit, Group Show, Laguna Art
Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Water-Line: Inspiration for Change /3rd Annual All Women Artist Group Exhibition,
Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA
2014 Public Artwork, Marblehead Elementary, San Clemente, CA
2014 Santa Cruz Art League's 84t