Ten years ago Leonor wanted to make an art piece that would represent her journey from Cuba as a child, to freedom. Her American experience... The first flag she made got so much attention that she made them into a series, the Flag Series. The response to them is still astonishing to her.
During Art Basel in 2017, after telling a woman why she made them and what they represented to her, the woman reached into her purse and gifted her a star from a flag. It was part of the flag with which her veteran husband had been buried.
That little star is, and will forever be, in Leonor's heart. It means the world to her.
In 2018, the University of California, Davis campus in Sacramento installed, "Reminiscing in Tempo", a work from Leonor Anthony's Flag Series, which is now part of the university’s permanent collection.
At La Galleria, we are proud to be exhibiting three of Leonor's works from her Flag Series: "Rules of Rogue", "Dreams of Salai", and "Risk/Reward".
Leonor Anthony is a multidisciplinary artist and activist. She is based in Miami, Florida, with studios in The Hague, Netherlands, and Miami. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family as a young child. She is an accredited scholar, artist, photographer and published author. Leonor is world-renowned for her courageous use of materials and by creating works that discourse controversial issues in today’s society.
She is recognized for using art as a successful vehicle of activism. She explores limitless styles, materials and unprecedented assertiveness, characterized by powerful expressive color and complex compositions. Through these tools, she is able to penetrate awareness as to issues ranging from slavery, immigration, women’s empowerment, and environmental preservation.
The imagery of her art is crafted through her unflinching commitment to awaken consciousness in her viewers. Her intense, but sophisticated style, is a reflection of the artist’s unending search for freedom of expression and penchant towards iconoclasm.
In 2013, Leonor was awarded the prestigious title of Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University("FIU") Honors College. She is the founder and curator of the FIU Honors College Art Collection, and has curated several exhibits with subjects ranging from prison reform to the environment.
Environmental preservation led her to create the NestGen Project. This biennial project is comprised of artistic installations, incorporating a call to a collective conscience awakening, regarding our planet, and the promotion of reuse, reduce and recycle principles.
Two of her monumental works are part of FIU’s permanent collection exhibited at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the FIU College of Law. In April 2017, Leonor Anthony was honored with the FIU Alumni of Distinction award.
Leonor participated by invitation in the 57th Venice Biennale. Her works were exhibited as part of the European Cultural Center’s exhibit "Personal Structures", Open Borders at the Palazzo Bembo in the Grand Canal, from May 13th to November 26th, 2017.
You can find out more about Leonor here.