Artist of the week July 2020
‘Love the idea of entertaining the public‘
Leonardo Hidalgo is one the busiest Miami based leading neo-pop artists whose work has attracted international acclaim and is collected worldwide for his fine art paintings, and memorable portraits of famous faces. Ecuadorian by birth, Hidalgo, has made the United States his home since 1990 and breathes and lives painting as a career ever since.
His artworks borrow subjects from everyday life and elevating them to “high art”. Hidalgo’s art at times confrontational and provocative, at times irreverent and witty, but definitely engaging and lively. His fascination with popular icons of mass culture is a clear distinction throughout his bold and prominently colourful paintings.
Planes of Love
Colour and Glitz
Amazingly, he doesn’t limit his mediums and is widely recognised for his eye popping vibrant colour and glitz and glamour timeless executions. He melds photography, computer graphics paint and fabric to create his wide variety of individual art pieces.
He is one of those artists whose work creates the visual memory of our pop culture.Hidalgo’s unique style combines pop art, the American way of life, comics of his time, and Japanese art.
He melds photography, computer graphics, paint and fabric to create his wide variety of individual art pieces. ‘I want people to enjoy and inhale art in a different way and give them the experience: by creating the visual memory of our pop culture’
The bitch is No.5
Official Miami Artist
‘When I was approached to create the official artwork for the 116th birthday of the City of Miami, it was a happy moment to give back the love I feel for the city where I have spent half of my life” exclaims the artist. “Miami is a young city full of vitality, celebration, dreams, hopes, prosperity, and joy. In this painting I found my inspiration in the city’s symbol, it’s logo, and incorporated a sweet 16 crown in honor of our growing Miami, added the tropical colours, the blue of the sea, the rays of the sun, the energy, movement, and it’s pulsating multicultural spice. Miami has a colourful future and I thank the City of Miami and Downtownmiami.com for allowing me this great opportunity to give back and share through my artwork the positive energy in this grand celebration’.
He exhibited his work at Art Basel Robeco tribute to Freddy Mercury Private Event 2018 live painting.
Meet Leonardo Hidalgo
Hidalgo lived in Arizona, where he went to ASU Tempe, and then later studied at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. Since then he has traveled around Europe, Asia and South America where he further cultivated his art skills. He began painting at a very young age after his grandmother taught him the technical aspects of drawing and painting. His main sources of inspiration are traveling, famous people who have changed the world, music, American culture, photography, history and the magic of everyday life and people.
He has been commissioned by corporate, public and private entities, including singer Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Hillary Clinton, President Martelly, Janine Howard, Enrique Iglesias, Dan Marino, Jim Caviezel and other celebrities. The Art Murals at The Convention Center of Guayaquil, The Jade Miami of Fortune International, The US Open Polo, and has been the official artist of the supercar Experience for the past four years.
Leonardo enjoy most the live paintings Rock n’ Roll edition, because he loves people to enjoy his art. He will continue his lives shows for the rest of his days just like his father did.
He quickly grew an online fan base when posting his work on Instagram and got noticed in the Miami Art scene, from where his offline career took off. His first exhibition was at the Hillary Clinton Star Island Private Exhibit 2008.