Leon Soriano’s Biography

Photograph of Leon SorianoLeon Yehuda Soriano was born in Zimbabwe on 12th September 1944. He studied art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and the Durban College of Arts and Crafts where he was awarded the South African Design Diploma (S.A.N.D.D). He continued his post graduate studies in Europe at the London College of Printing and Design. From 1970 to 1977 he exhibited in the National Gallery of Rhodesia’s annual exhibition of Rhodesian Artists as well as exhibiting at various established galleries. He opened the Art Centre in Harare where children and adults were taught all forms of art and craft. In 1978 he went to South Africa to live and established himself as a teacher of adults and children as well as an artist. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa as well as owning one of the major art shops in Johannesburg, SA Arts and Crafts, and established a successful graphic art School in Johannesburg. Eighty five percent of his students were given gainful employment in advertising studios throughout the city. In June 2000 he moved to Canada, and had a highly successful show in Vancouver in 2001. Here in Toronto he works as a full-time artist and teacher in his studio. On his arrival in Toronto in 2002 he was selected as the principal artist to show at the Ashkenaz Festival in the Harbourfront Gallery. His work is represented in private collections in Canada, the United. States, England, Belgium, Australia and Italy as well as in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.

Leon Soriano is included in the latest edition of Esme Berman’s seminal study of Southern African Art, Art and Artists of Southern Africa (A.A. Balkema, Cape Town)

He is listed in The Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa(Twenty Two Press, South African Institute of Artists and Designers, Cape Town)

See also:
"Master Painters of the World — Canada" in: International Artist, April/May, 2004, pp.98-103

CANADA (2000 - 2015)

SOUTH AFRICA (1978 - 1999)

ZIMBABWE (1970 - 1977)

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