Leo Limón

Leo Limón is an artist and community activist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He was born in East Los Angeles and studied at the Otis/Parsons Arts Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design), Los Angeles.

Limón was influenced by the artist collective Los Four and has been a leader in the Chicano art movement. During the movement's early years he was involved with Mechicano Art Center, Plaza de la Raza, and Centro de Arte Público, all in Los Angeles.

Límon is widely recognized for his murals and prints, many created at Self Help Graphics and Art, where he helped develop the organization’s annual Día de Los Muertos celebration 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.

Limón has worked tirelessly as a youth advocate, reaching thousands of at-risk Los Angeles youth using his art to intervene in gang violence. 
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

Artist Info


April 14 1952

East YangNa, Los Angeles, CA




Native Indian United States, Amerigoca


Chicanáo Mexica