Leonel Matheu was born in Havana, Cuba on October 2, 1967. He graduated at the Institute of Graphic Design of Havana, 1987. In 1992 he settled in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Matheu’s work narrates events of the modern world, where custom and technology intersect. He is primarily focused on the search for balance between urban and spiritual development in an innocent environment. There is where his iconography, akin to modern minimalist graphics, is brought face to face with, and transformed by primitive symbols from the ancient world.
Articles about Matheu appeared in Art in America, Art Nexus, Arte al Dia Internacional, Vanidades, Seis Continentes, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Sarasota Herald, The Gainsville Sun, Listin Diario, American Style, as well as many other national and international publications.
His most recent principal exhibitions had taken place at Dot Fiftyone Gallery at Wynwood Art District in Miami, Lyle O’Reitzel Gallery in Santo Domingo, Elite Fine Arts in Coral Gables, The University of Florida Galleries Museum in Gainsville, Medici Palace Museum in Tuscany, Italy; Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy, and Galerie Cieremans & Cie in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Matheu’s works are part of the permanent collection of prestigious museums in the United States such as The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, The University Art Museum in Radford University, The Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables; The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, and The College of Education at Florida International University in Miami.
In 2001 he received the Honorable Mention for the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, in the 2000 the Chivas Regal Order of Distinction, and the Medal of Culture of Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Recently during the week of ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, Leonel Matheu presented his urban art project PEDESTRIART at the ART PARK in MIDTOWN MIAMI. This park is located in the Wynwood Art District, adjacent where all the satellite art fairs to Art Basel placed their temporary pavilions.