Bemis School of Art

Leah Gonzales


Leah Gonzales is an emerging visual artist working in a range of media including painting, sculpture, embroidery, animation, installation, and ceramics to further explore her identity as a queer woman of mixed heritage. Influenced by indigenous folk art of the Southwest, ancient world art, pre-columbian art, Surrealism, and New Objectivity, she incorporates personal motifs and symbols to create an allegory of her spiritual relationship to nature and humanity.

Gonzales’ work has been exhibited primarily in the Los Angeles and New York region and has won awards like Best in Show for her animation “In Loving Memory” (2016). She also was a Grant Recipient from Cerf+ for her ceramic craft in 2021. Leah Gonzales holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, CA, as a Diversity Scholar, and works in both galleries and academia to bring artwork and creative events to underserved communities.

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