Master printmaker Leon Hicks grew up on a small farm in Alachua County, FL, near Gainesville. He earned a BS in painting and sculpture from Kansas State University, Manhattan, and an MA in painting and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he studied with Mauricio Lasansky.
Hicks has taught at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee; Concord University, Athens, WV; Lincoln University, PA; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; and Webster University, Webster Groves, MO, among other schools.
His work is in the permanent collections of the University of Florida, Gainesville; 7UP Company, Plano, TX; Oakland Museum of California; Clark Atlanta University, GA; Southwestern Bell Corporation, Dallas, TX; Charleston Art Gallery, SC; Tuskegee University, AL; and Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Hicks is well known for his use of black lines to create etched visual landscapes and figurative works. He lives and works in Tallahassee.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records