Born in East Los Angeles, artist Leo Limón studied at the Otis/Parsons Arts Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design), Los Angeles. Limón was influenced by and was involved in the Chicano Art Movement and the artist collective Los Four. During his time with Self Help Graphics & Art, a community-based visual arts center in Los Angeles, Limón helped to develop Self Help's annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and the Atelier Printmaking Program (now the Professional Printmaking Program).
In Limón's work one can see the aesthetic transformation of Los Angeles’ public spaces. As the “L.A. River Catz” artist, Limón has been recognized for his efforts to revive the Los Angeles River as a historic region, cultural arts enclave, and tourist destination. Integrating cultural aesthetics and ecology, his aim has been to restore the river as both a functional habitat for wildlife and a community recreational resource.
Limón has exhibited his work at Galeria Otra Vez, Mechicano Art Center, Otis College of Art and Design, and Los Angeles Center of Photography, all in Los Angeles; University of Texas, Austin; and the B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, among others. His work is featured in Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge and Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education. Limon received a California Arts Council Artist in Community grant.