Self-taught photographer based in the Netherlands. Started photography when first moved to Amsterdam in 2014. Part of his experience range from photographing events to portraits. However, Inspired by surrealism, anime, and animation, in 2019 started exploring a more dreamy approach to his work.
In 2020 his portraiture work led him to start a project called Black Queer love with activist Naomie Pieters where he created a series of intimate portraits of the black queer community in the Netherlands. The portraits were later exhibited in different locations.
As an afro-surrealist artist, Leonel uses a mix of his photographs, 3D objects, digital painting, and animation to create his pieces. In his artworks, he explores storytelling with themes of self-discovery using a dream language symbolism with a Renaissance-inspired aesthetic.
As of 2021, Leonel started to join the NFT (crypto art) movement as GlitchOfMind, animating his artworks on a 2.5D style that has led him to exhibit at the Bitcoin Conference 2021Miami, in serval different Metaverse virtual galleries and upcoming NFT Art International 2021 in Beijing curated by international artist Sabet and others.