OpenFile - video cycle where artists describe their works and elaborate on their artistic processes. In this edition, the Cuban artist describes her work with art, nature, and metaphors.


Glenda León's work ranges from drawing to video art, including installation, sculpture and photography. The artist invites the viewer to approach the object from a poetic perspective, for which she uses ordinary and material objects and transforms them in a way that reveals their metaphorical power. Thus, her works manifest a sensitive look at the everyday, and the absence of all superfluous elements and the fusion of artificial and natural elements evidence her taste for persistence in the processes. Her works move between the sphere of the intimate and the public, which shows her ability to create new meanings through the process of contextualization, manipulation and association of objects.


Glenda León is a Cuban artist born in Havana in 1976. She began her studies in Visual Arts at the age of 12 and started to exhibit professionally in 1999. Before that, she studied Classical Ballet and Philology at the University of La Havana, finally graduating from Art History. In 2007 she completed a Master in New Media Art at the New Media Academy in Cologne, Germany. Her work has received awards such as The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and is part of renowned collections as the George Pompidou Art Center, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Hammer Museum, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Museum.

In addition, León participated in the Cuban Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale with the work Music of the Spheres (2013). She has also been invited to the Havana Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, at the SITE Santa Fe Museum, USA; the II Biennial of Jafre, in Girona, Spain; the Paiz Art Biennial, Guatemala and the Dakar Biennial, Senegal. She exhibited collectively and individually in Cuba, Spain, the United States, France, Germany, Slovenia, Canada, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands.


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