Glenda León’s visionary sense of art has grown out of a multidisciplinary background and spiritual explorations. Her early interest in dance and choreography deepened her comprehension of a “whole”, combining mind, body, space, sound, and silence. Art History gave her a domain for investigation and widened her influences. Her master’s degree in New Media at The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) broadened her spectrum of media and materials and evidenced her openness to experimentation. Incessantly defying our perception of the world, at times by making visible some of the laws of Nature and at others by emphasizing the act of listening as a necessary step to continue evolving, her work has been extensively exhibited and is included in important public collections around the world.
Glenda lives and works in Havana and Madrid. Recently, she has held a solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (2021; Pontevedra, Spain), and she represented the Cuba Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013; Italy). She has received multiple awards such as the Pilar Juncosa and Sotheby’s Biennial Prize (2021; Spain) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2005 and 2020; USA).
Her work can be found in public collections worldwide including Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami; Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami and has been reviewed in magazines, catalogues and newspapers such as Bomb Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Flash Art, Art Nexus and Artecubano.
The LARA Prize (2017)
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2005 and 2020)
The DKV Prize (2020)
The Pilar Juncosa and Sotheby’s Biennial Prize (2021) and,
The Acquisition Prize María Cristina Masaveu Petersen Foundation (2022).
She has been invited to the Havana Biennial (2003, 2009, 2015 and 2019),
55th Venice Biennial (2013), SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2014),
Dakar Biennale DAK’ART (2018),Changwon Sculpture Biennale (2020),
Guangzhou Image Triennial (2021), the 15 Cuenca Biennial (202)
and the Aichi Triennale (2022).
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Brooklyn Museum, New York
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA)
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART)
Musée des Beaux‐Arts du Montréal.
She has presented solo exhibitions at:
The Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO)
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC)
Badajoz (2020-2021) and Metropolitan Museum Manila