COL (1977). Lives and works in Cali.
2013. Embroidered fabric
Leonardo Herrera studied photography at the University of Florida, in the United States, and visual arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali, Colombia. Herrera develops video, performance, and drawing projects based on context, history, and politics. He teaches at the Universidad del Valle and the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes and is co-founder of Helena Producciones, a nonprofit artist organization that organizes the Performance Festival in Cali. He has also been the general coordinator of the BLOC (Becas Locales de Creación/Local Creative Scholarships, 2010–2011). He has received awards and distinctions from the Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo in Bogotá (2006) and from the Cultural Center of Cali (2001), among others.
His important solo shows include Calentamiento, Casa Proartes in Cali, Ne sors pas au jardin, Centre de la Photographie in Geneva, Panóptico at the Cultural Center of Cali, Terrorista Colombiano at the La Tertulia Museum in Cali, Proyecto Ojo del Diablo (Devil’s Eye Project) at the Casa Proartes in Cali, Encuentro Para la Memoria Viva de Tomé: Práctica Artística Contemporánea in Concepcion, Chile, 4 de Agosto (Jueves Negro) (August 4, Black Thursday), Universidad de Concepcion’s Pinacoteca in Chile. Herrera’s recent group exhibitions include those at the Universidad Nacional’s Museum in Bogota (2009), La Rama Dorada (The golden branch) at the Bellas Artes Gallery in Cali (2010), Fallas de Origen (Origin faults) at the Galería La Central in Bogota (2011), and 14 Salones Regionales de Artistas in the Pacific region (2012).