The major theme of my work deals with humanity in the environment and my treatment of this subject matter is very atmospheric. I am preoccupied with the human form and the strength of my figures lies in their hands and feet…. for humanity is grounded in the earth and our hands toil to provide food and shelter.
— Leon Soriano


Leon Soriano was born in Zimbabwe in 1944. He studied art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and the Durban College of Arts and Crafts. He continued his post graduate studies in Europe at the London College of Printing and Design.

In 1978 he moved to South Africa where he exhibited extensively. In Johannesburg, he established a successful graphic art School. In 2000 he moved to Canada and had highly successful shows in Vancouver. After arriving in Toronto in 2002 he was selected as the principal artist at the Ashkenaz Festival in the Harbourfront Gallery. In May 2004 he was included as one of "The Master Painter's Of Canada".

His mixed media work includes acrylic, oil pastel, metal leaf, wax, and watercolour crayons. He also works in oil on canvas and recently he has started etching.

His paintings are in private collections in Canada, United States, England, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.