Leandro Solomons was born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1987. As a young boy he started drawing at school. His parents enrolled him in the School of Arts at the Katutura Community Arts Centre where he took part in various art styles and projects.
While still in school he started painting, and participated in local art competitions. One of which was the United Nation’s 60th anniversary. Among all participating artists Leandro won first prize overall in best presented art work and presentation.
He also took part in the “Land Matters” art exhibition where his artwork was showcased among famous Namibian artists. His work was subsequently acquired by the Ministry of Trade and Industries. Coming from a poor family his plans for further studies were cut short, but he managed to complete one year at the Collage of the Arts studying Product Development and Entrepreneurial Skills.
Leandro was curious about experimenting with new art styles and when he was given the opportunity to experiment with thread art, he liked it so much, he is now perfecting it, using algorithm methods and determination to capture an image using only thread.
Leandro is inspired by his tribal culturally rich country, Namibia. His fascination with wide open spaces and desolate scenes can be traced back to his youth and the many trips he enjoyed to the Etosha and similar places.
He likes to refer to his work as “surreal” although it fits securely into the modern category. He currently enjoys portraying African faces but looks forward to expand his body of thread art into more mind-bending subjects.
Leandro joined the Rossouw Modern group permanently at the end of 2023.