Leon Finley is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle, Washington. Born in 1987 in Seattle as Sonia Finley, he spent 12 years on the East Coast before returning to the Northwest in 2016. His work crosses over performance, sculpture and drawing and comes out of one fundamental presupposition: Our bodies are the only way we have of understanding ourselves, and everything that is not ourselves: it is through our body that we perceive and produce, it is what everything comes out of and where everything goes into. His work is concerned with interdependency: The relationships between all kinds of bodies (human, object, architecture, sound, etc.) and the way that things become themselves in relation to other things. 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 is a member of the artist run collective gallery, SOIL, in Seattle, WA. Leon has shown work around New York and Seattle 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