Glenda Leon /   Glenda León

Cuba 1976

Installation, Conceptual Art, Photography, Video Art

Glenda Leon
Glenda León
January 13, 2015

Glenda León is a Cuban conceptual artist whose work expands from drawings to video art, including installation, objects and photography. She is “interested in interstices between visible and invisible, sound and silence, and ephemeral and eternal.” Glenda was born in 1976 in Havana, Cuba and she graduated from the Academy of Superior Art and New Medias in Cologne, Germany.

León started her Visual Art studies when she was 12 years old and started showing at a professional level in 1999. She has also studied Classical Ballet and Philology at the University of Havana, where she got a BA in Art History. From the very beginning her work appeared new for the Cuban art context because of her peculiar approach to Conceptualism. The use of natural and artificial flowers, texts, sound and materials like hair and chewing gum where part of her first works. Some of her best known installations are Interpreted World, Lost Time and the videos Inversion, Every Breath and Destiny. Her 2012 show, Listening to Silence, focused on the passage of time and the silence between notes. She created many music boxes, each inscribed with the name of a different god or deity. Another of her famous installations is a large pile of sand with an hourglass at the top, representing lost time. In 2013 she was a part of the Cuban Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennial, where she showed Music of the Spheres, a round light box showing a pentagram superimposed to a solar system image.

León’s work has been published and reviewed by different art magazines and newspapers such as Bomb MagazineArtNexusArtForum and ArteCubano. She has presented her work at an individual level in France, Montreal and across the U.S. and Europe. Events she was also a part of include the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art in 2006, the Havana Biennial in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012, and other various group exhibitions in Brazil, Colombia, Austria, Spain, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nepal.

León has been the recipient of significant prizes like The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and residencies like Couvent des Recollets, in Paris and Fonderie Darling, in Montreal. Her works are a part of permanent collections of Georges Pompidou Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

Glenda León lives and works between Havana and Madrid.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013Bruit BleuChateau des Adhemar, Montéllimar, FranceSolo
2013Politics: I do not like it, but it likes meCentre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, PolandGroup
201355th VENICE BIENNIALCuban Pavilion, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia, Palazzo Reale,Venice, ItalyGroup
2013Artificial AmsterdamDe Appel, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2013ARCO, Solo projects LatinoamericaMagnanMetz gallery, MadridGroup
2012Sueño de VeranoPiscina del Edificio Focsa, colateral XI Bienal de La HabanaSolo
2012DeliriosSalle Zéro, Alianza Francesa de Cuba, La Habana, colateral XI Bienal de La HabanaSolo
2012Listening to SilenceGaleria MagnanMetz projects, Nueva YorkSolo
2012Gulliver. Contemporary Cuban ArtFreies Museum, BerlinGroup
2012ArtRioMagnanMetz Gallery, Rio de Janiero, BrasilGroup
2012ArtMoscowGalería Acacia, Moscow, RusiaGroup
2012ArtBoMagnanMetz gallery, Bogotá, ColombiaGroup
2012ArtMiamiMagnanMetz Gallery, Miami, USGroup
2012Message from La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban ArtistsZane Bennett Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2012CaosGalería Habana, colateral XI Bienal de La HabanaGroup
2012Proyecto HBPabexpo, colateral XI Bienal de La HabanaGroup
2012Entre Trópicos 46° 5’: Cuba – BrasilCAIXA Cultural Rio de Janeiro, BrasilGroup
2011ImagecityYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011SprayKokerie Kansa, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2011Pulse art fairGalería Habana, New York CityGroup
2011ArtBrusselsGalería Habana, BrusselsGroup
2011RastrosEmilia Cohen Gallery, Mexico D.FGroup
2011Loop, Feria de Video ArteGalerie Dominique Fiat, BarcelonaGroup
2011Cuban VisionsMetropolitan Pavilion, New York CityGroup
2011Mundo InterpretadoGalerie Dominique Fiat, ParisGroup
2011Shifting WorldMagnanmetz gallery, NYCGroup
2010Blue NoiseGalerie Pierre-François Ouellette Comtemporain, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2010DeliriosGalerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Un Ruido AzulGaleria Habana, La Habana, CubaSolo
2010La terre est bleue comme une orangeMusée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, CanadaGroup
2010StressisimoGalería Habana, La Habana, CubaGroup
2010I Trienal Internacional del CaribeMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santo Domingo, República DominicanaGroup
2010SerendipityBienal Portugal Arte 10, Lisboa, Grândola, Portugal.Group
2010Impressionism and Video Art: the echo of lightNormandy Impressionist Festival, Rouen, France.Group
2010Pinta art FairGaleria Habana, London, UKGroup
2010NaturaliaJozsa Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2010Inaugural Group ShowMagnan Metz Gallery, New York, USGroup
2010New LanguageOgilvy & Mather, New York, USGroup
2010Special GuestsCírculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife, Tenerife, SpainGroup
2010Pieza ÚnicaCentro Cultural del Principado de Asturias, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010Polaridad Complementaria: recent works from CubaNew Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USGroup
2009Pinta art fairGalería Habana, Metropolitan Pavilion & The Altman Art Building, New YorkGroup
2009Just What Is It That Makes Today's Delusion So Different, So Appealing?Factoria Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, SpainGroup
2009Separating the myth from the reality-status of womenSiddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, NepalGroup
2009Tactiques de Déboussolement59, rue de Rivoli, Paris, FranceGroup
2009El Patio de mi casa. Arte Contemporáneo en patios de Córdoba - The sky within my houseCourtyards in Córdoba, Córdoba, SpainGroup
2009Objects of a RevolutionGalerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Americas Latinas. Las fatigas del quererSpazio Oberdan, Milano, ItalyGroup
2009LentesMuseolaboratorio, Pescara, ItalyGroup
2009Revolution of the OrdinaryMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, GermanyGroup
2009X Bienal de La HabanaComplejo Morro-Cabaña, La Habana, CubaGroup
2009Confluencias 2National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, Albuquerque, USGroup
2008Flight of ReasonCentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaSolo
2008Isla in ContinenteGalería nacional de Arte Fundarte, Tegucigalpa, HondurasGroup
2008Visiones desde una IslaArte Actual, EcuadorGroup
2008V Salón de Arte Cubano ContemporáneoCentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2008Topografías íntimasEspacio Iniciarte, Andalucía, EspañaGroup
2008Arboleda, El cuerpo es cuerposGalería Jesús Gallardo, León, Guanajuato, MéxicoGroup
2008Fotología 6Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Galería El Museo, Bogotá, ColombiaGroup
2008Lança CubaGalería A Gentil Carioca, Río de Janeiro, BrasilGroup
2008Beijing TodayArt Museum, ChinaGroup
2008V.I.PLa Casona Gallery, La Habana, CubaGroup
2008IdentifíqueseGalería Habana, La Habana, CubaGroup
2008Terapia de GrupoGalería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, EspañaGroup
2008Open Studio 2.0Carlos Garaicoa Studio, Madrid, EspañaGroup
2008DIVA art fairGalería Habana, Paris, FranciaGroup
2008Show Off art fairGalería Habana, Paris, FranciaGroup
2008Estrategias de ResistenciaGalería Senda, Espai 2Nou2, Barcelona, EspañaGroup
2007Mar InternoLe Plateau Espace Expérimental, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Proyecto Internacional de residencias BatiscafoAcademia San Alejandro, La Habana, CubaGroup
2007Infinite IslandBrooklyn Museum, New York, USGroup
2007Altitude 2007KHM (Academy of Media Arts), Cologne, GermanyGroup
2007Moving FastEuropean Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, GermanyGroup
2007Killing TimeExit Art, New York, USGroup
2007PINKThe Art Gallery of Calgary, CanadaGroup
2007Cuba exchangeBadischen Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2007ARCOGalería La Casona, Madrid, SpainGroup
2007ConfluenciasMuseo de Arte Moderno de Toluca, MéxicoGroup
2006El ir y venir de la Permanencia (Inner Sea)Centre D’ Art Contemporain Optica, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2006CroppedFigge von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2006Ici et MaintenantGalerie intemporel, Paris, FranceGroup
2006ArtCologneKHM, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2006Waiting ListCity Art Museum Ljubljana, SloveniaGroup
2006Artforum BerlinGalería La Casona, BerlinGroup
2006Geladen: Videokunst; Programm-Kino im Museum LudwigKHM-Museum Ludwig, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2006Impakt FestivalCentraal Museum, Utrecht, NetherlandsGroup
2006Ciudades Internas - Inner CitiesIX Bienal de La Habana, Centro de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, La Habana, CubaGroup
2006Stop & forwardGalería Habana, La Habana, CubaGroup
2005Flight of ReasonGalerie m:a contemporary, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Videografías invisblesMuseo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid - Centro Atlántico de Arte Contemporáneo, Gran Canaria, SpainGroup
2005Contact and mediation: Poetics of the digital in Cuban artDunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada.Group
2005Beograd nekad i sadBeograd Gallery, BelgradeGroup
2005CUADRILATEROCentro Michon Arte Contemporanea, Livorno, ItalyGroup
2005Reflexiones IntimasKATT Kunsthalle Attersee, AustriaGroup
2005ArteamericasGalerie Bourbon-Lally, The Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, USGroup
2004Cuba: instalaciones nuevas, artistas en residenciaThe Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, USGroup
2004Island NationsRhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, USGroup
2004Mois de la PerformanceLa Centrale, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2004Espacios a la Experimentación IIIMuseo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa RicaGroup
2004In Place of PlaceOne Night Galerie, California, USGroup
2004ArtCologneGalerie Refugium, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2004Contemporary Cuban Video, Liverpool Ritzy Cinema, London, UKGroup
2004VI Digital Art SaloonMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, CubaGroup
2004ARCO art fairGalerie Refugium, Madrid, SpainGroup
2004Subasta on lineGaleria Habana, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003Magical RealitiesGalería 23 y 12, La Habana, CubaSolo
200356 Locarno International Film FestivalLocarno, SwitzerlandGroup
2003VII Havana BienalComplejo La Cabaña, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003Maneras de inventarse una sonrisaCentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003Qué?Espacio Aglutinador, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003An SichCasa de la Cultura de Playa, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003Más Acá del HorizonteConvento San Francisco de Asís, La Habana, CubaGroup
2003V Digital Art SaloonCentro Pablo de la Torriente Brau, La Habana, CubaGroup
2002Palabras en el TrópicoCENCREM, La Habana, CubaGroup
2002La Huella MúltipleLa Casona Gallery, La Habana, CubaGroup
2002Arte Cubano ContemporáneoGalería Marta Trava , Sao Paolo, BrasilGroup
2002Otra Mirada, (Another Glimpse)Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2002MACentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2002El Arte no es para entenderloCentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001Shapes of the InstantCentro Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaSolo
2001Toma 15, Pintura Cubana: Acción! International College of Film and TVCentro Cultural Cinematográfico ICAIC, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001National Video Art Festival, Fundación Ludwig de CubaCentro Cultural Cinematográfico ICAIC, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001III Contemporary Cuban Art SaloonCentro Wifredo Lam, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001Breaking BarriersThe Mary Brogan Museum of Art ans Science, Tallahassee, Florida, USGroup
2001III Digital Art SaloonCentro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001Una Fotografía, Dos FotografíasFototeca de Cuba, La Habana, CubaGroup
2001Festival of the Short PieceRomerías de Mayo, Holguín, CubaGroup
2001II National Photography SaloonFototeca de Cuba, Habana, CubaGroup
2000VII Bienal de La HabanaMorro, La Habana, CubaGroup
2000Noveno Festival Internacional de PerformanceEx Teresa Arte Actual, México D.F, MéxicoGroup
2000Con un pensar abstraído (With an abstract thought)Galería DUPP, Galería Habana, La Habana, CubaGroup
2000La Conjunción de la Nada (The Nothingness Conjuction)Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, CubaGroup
2000Romerías de MayoGuardalavaca Beach, Holguín, CubaGroup
2000La AmistadGalería DUPP, La Amistad shop, Holguín, CubaGroup
2000Lo nuevo es lo ViejoGalería DUPP, Piano Bar, Teatro Nacional, La Habana, CubaGroup
2000Performance Art FestivalCasa de la Cultura Comunitaria, Cienfuegos, CubaGroup
1999II Ana Mendieta Performance FestivalPabellón Cuba, La Habana, CubaGroup