Leonardo Drew has been making artwork since childhood, and first exhibited his work at the age of thirteen. He went on to attend the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1985. Since then, he has shown in a variety of institutions, such as The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Miami Art Museum, and the St. Louis Art Museum. He has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has participated in artist residencies at Artpace, San Antonio and The Studio Museum of Harlem in New York City, among others. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.