Glenda León is a Cuban artist born in Havana in 1976. Her work has received prizes such as The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and residencies like Couvent des Recollets in Paris and Fonderie Darling in Montreal. Her works belong to the permanent collections of Georges Pompidou Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Art Gallery of Ontario. León started her visual art studies at the age of 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 received a BA in Art History. León graduated from the Academy of New Media, Cologne, Germany in 2007.
León was part of the Cuban Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennial with the sound installation Music of the Spheres (2013). She has also been invited to the Havana Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, in SITE Santa Fe Museum, USA, and the 2nd Jafre’s Biennial, Girona, Spain.
Other group shows in which she has participated have taken place in venues such as Brooklyn Museum, NY; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Bronx Museum, NY; Centre d'Art Contemporain Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France; Badischen Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany; City Art Museum Ljubljana, Eslovenia; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Rhode Island; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; MART Museum, Rovereto, Italy; CIFO, Miami; Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, Poland; Musée des Beaux‐Arts de Montréal, Canada; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland.
León has presented her work individually at CDAV, Havana, Cuba; Le Plateau Espace Expérimental, Paris, France; Chateau des Adhemar, Montéllimar, France; and Matadero Madrid, among other spaces.
Her work has been published in several magazines, catalogues and newspapers such as Bomb Magazine, Art Nexus, Art Forum, Flash Art o Arte Cubano.