The Idea Determines the Method

Glenda León seems to do it all, and to do it all with style. Her work may take the form of drawing, video, installation, photography, public art and books. Some typical works might be sculptures that use the pages of books that have inspired her, or video works that explore subjects like religious faith in the age of Big Tech. Her multifarious interests are reflected in her wide-ranging education: not only has she studied art since she was a child, but she also earned a degree in art history as well as studying classical ballet and literature and linguistics.

The artist, who lives in Havana and Madrid, has notched some of the art world’s highest achievements, having shown her work in the Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions, as well as at the Havana Biennial and the SITE Santa Fe biennial, and other major periodic exhibitions. Prominent art publications have also spilled ink on her work, such as Artforum and Bomb Magazine. As if all that weren’t enough, in-the-know curators have acquired her work for the collections of major institutions like the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum, and the Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts, as well as placing her work in exhibitions from the Brooklyn Museum to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, from De Appel in Amsterdam to the Mattress Factory, in Pittsburgh.