Working with various media like sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions and ready-mades Engel Leonardo addresses issues related to climate, nature, architecture, traditional crafts and popular culture in the Caribbean. With Moderno Tropical (2013), an intervention at the modernist building of the Museo de Arte Moderno of Santo Domingo, questions the modern architectural models implanted in Latin America with 13 sculptures made of tropical architectural elements that aim to integrate the building with the local context.
Engel Leonardo (b. 1977, Baní, Dominican Republic) is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo with complementary studies in the Altos de Chavón School of Design (affiliated to the Parsons School of Design in NY).
Working across sculpture, installation and site-specific interventions, Engel Leonardo addresses issues related to climate, nature, traditional crafts, architecture and popular culture of the Caribbean. Of particular interest in his work is the production of objects, and their embedded psychological and sociological functions. Engel Leonardo works from constant processes of research and observation of their environment.
He has shown his work in spaces like ARCO Madrid, Museo del Hombre, Santo Domingo and William Road Gallery in London, among others.