Leo Negron is a 2nd generation Puerto Rican born and raised in Chicago's Puerto Rican communtiy. He is a life long resident of Chicago's Humboldt Park community involved in various projects. Leo is an artist and artisan who basis his work on his Puerto Rican culture and ancestry. Although he produces different forms of art, Leo focuses most of his talents on his coconut art. Each piece is made from 100% coconuts and acrylic paint mounted on wooden frames. No two pieces are ever alike, some may resemble each other, but most are truley unique.
Leo has had no formal training in the visual arts, but has been drawing since his childhood. An active member in his community, he has instructed youth as a health educator, educational/career counselor, and cultural worker.
Currently he is an active member of Chicago's own AfriCaribe, NFP for which he is a founding member, board member, percussionist, and singer. AfriCaribe is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion and development of the Puerto Rican and caribbean cultures through music, dance, theatre and other artistic mediums. During the fall season Leo will be serving as a drumming instructor for AfriCaribe's academy. For more information on AfriCaribe and the services they provide visit them online at www.africaribe.net.
Leo uses Naborias to describe his artwork. Naborias is a Taino term defined as a commoner, person of the working class, and artisan. The Tainos were the indigenous population that inhabited the island of Puerto Rico (Boriken/Borinquen) when the conquistadors invaded in 1493.
His work can also be viewed at www.puertoricanpower.net for which he is
co-creator. This project serves to promote the culture that he lives. Leo is available for special requests, Art Exhibits and cultural workshops.