Leon Johnson is an fine artist and illustrator, born and raised in Kansas City. He was interested in drawing from a very early age and was heavily influenced by caricature artists Jack Davis and Al Hirschfeld. Though these artists may not have been considered fine artists, their illustrations on the covers of Mad Magazine and TV Guide, in his opinion, were equal to the work of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute.Leon works primarily in mixed media, ink, paint, and found objects. He is attracted to texture and various mediums and searches for many ways to create images. He enjoys revisiting drawings and paintings done in the past, believing there’s something different to be said.
His work can currently be seen in renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson’s, The Red Rooster Cookbook, published October 18th 2016.
Leon now lives in New York City with his wife and is currently working on projects for art shows.