Leon Finley is a trans, interdisciplinary artist born in Seattle, WA in 1987. His work crosses over performance, sculpture and drawing and comes out of his experiences having a physical and spiritual body. His work is concerned with interdependency: The relationships between all kinds of bodies (human, animal, plant, object, architecture, sound, etc.) and the idea that bodies are vibrating, that matter is not solid but is, in fact, moving, permeable and changeable. Leon received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2009 and his MFA in Sculpture from Yale in 2012. Leon was the recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Prize in 2009, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize, the Dan David Prize Scholarship in 2012, and was a finalist for The Henry Art Gallery Brink Award in 2017. Leon has shown work around New York and Seattle including galleries such as The Alice and the Jacob Lawrence gallery and has performed in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Movement Research. Leon has taught at Cooper Union, Virginia Commonwealth University and Montclair State University. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
Contact: leonleefinley @ gmail.com