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John LeonJohn Leon's parents came from the village of Geraki in southern Greece in 1955. Their name was shortened from Leontakianakis. They owned a restaurant.

John worked there as a kid and later, in college, he worked as a respiratory therapist while majoring in biology, anthropology, nursing —anything but art ("You can't make a living in art!") —although many art courses were taken, in addition to study with private artists. He married in 1985 and has a son and a daughter. He started sculpting in high school in 1972 and, unable to subdue his enthusiasm any longer, made it his profession in 1980.

John works in bronze, stone, wood and ceramics, on scales from intimate table top sizes to monumental. His sculpture is figurative and ranges from the exacting realism of portrait busts to very loose abstractions concerned with concepts but rooted in subject matter.

John has work in collections in Saudi Arabia, England, Costa Rica and throughout the US and Canada. He has executed commissions for Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Stalag Luft Monument), Procter & Gamble (Harley Procter Award), The Kroger Company, The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, The Corbett Foundation, The University of Dayton, The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Arboretum, Fort Lupton, Colorado Fire Department, John A. Logan College, and others. He has had his pieces in one-man and group shows at many galleries and museums in North and Central America.

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2008 - Life sized, bronze, seated man and boy.  Westover Retirement Center. Hamilton, OH.
2008 - Life sized bronze sweeping boy. Prasco. Mason, OH.
2006 - Life sized, bronze, seated woman and 2 children.  Westover Retirement Center. Hamilton, OH.
2005 - Life sized bronze of Harry Wilks. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.  Hamilton, OH.
2004 - Bas-relief Sculpture in cast stone.  Mercy Hospital.  Fairfield, OH.
2004 - Bronze life sized fireman. Ft. Lupton, CO.
2003 - Bronze portrait bust of Cincom CEO. Cincinnati, OH.
2002 - The Sower Maquette. Bronze. The American Farm School. Thessaloniki, Greece
2002, 2004 - Cincinnati Entertainment Award. Hydrostone. Citybeat Magazine. Cincinnati, OH.
2001 - Bronze geese in flight for Mr. and Mrs. John Smale. East 5th Street Cincinnati, OH.
2001 - Bronze full size portrait figure of Mr. Harry Crisp. John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL.
2001 - Outstanding Achievement Award. Bronze hawks.  Broadwing Inc.  Cincinnati, OH.
2000 - Stone carving.  Mr. and Mrs. Mort Libby. Cincinnati, OH.
2000 - Stone carving.  Mr. and Mrs. Hank Schneider. Cincinnati, OH.
1999 - Ceramic relief tiles.  Cincinnati Zoo, Manatee Springs. Cincinnati, OH.
1998 - Bronze relief portrait of Patricia Corbett for College Conservatory of Music. 5’ x 3’. Corbett Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
1998 - Limestone carving for Cincinnati Zoo Biblical Garden. (4’ Tall).  Cincinnati Jewish Federation.
1998- 2006 - The Caring Award.  Bronze.  The Visiting Nurse Association.  Cincinnati, OH.
1997 - Albert Sharrer and Joseph Keller bronze portrait busts. One and a quarter life-size. University of Dayton Law School. Dayton, OH.
1995 - Abstract metal relief assemblage. 6’ x 8’.  The Joseph Harris Company. Cincinnati, OH.
1995 - Bronze Eagle (7 ft. wingspan) for Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War Memorial.  Life-size. Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Dayton, OH.
1995 - The Harley Proctor Award.  Bronze.  The Proctor and Gamble Company. Cincinnati Ohio.
1991, 1995 - The WorldWide Product Supply Award.  The Procter and Gamble Company.
1988 - Bronze relief.  Mid American Investment Company. Cincinnati, Ohio.
1987 - “The Mouseman Award”.  Bronze.  The Kroger Company. Cincinnati, Ohio.
1983 - Relief sculpture for The Blue Wisp Big Band album cover photograph for Mopro Records.
  • E.W.Scripps Company, Corporate Art Collection.  Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • City of Puntarenas Art Center, Costa Rica.
  • Joe Lovano and Judy Silvano, New York, NY.
  • Mr. Peter Frampton.  Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Mr. Doug Soul.  North York, Ontario, Canada.
  • Mrs. Rahsaan Roland Kirk.  East Orange, New Jersey.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ravenscroft.  San Diego, California.
  • Mr. Charles Marohnic.  Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mr. Don Pappas.  Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Aberlin.  Lebanon, Ohio.
  • Mrs. Penny Wilkenson.  Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Mrs. Jane Wienke.  Chicago, Illinois.
  • Mr. Alard Beche’.  Escazu’, Costa Rica.
  • Her Royal Highness Jawaher bint Majed bin Abdulaziz.  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Mr. Robin Swan.  Wokingham, England.
  • Mrs. Carolin Malone.  London, England.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Smale.  Marathon, Florida
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mikesell, Lima, Ohio.
  • Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
  • Dektas and Eger Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
              Mr Leon's work can be found in over 350 private collections in the US  and Canada.
  • Guest sculptor at 1st International Stone Carving Symposium. Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  2006.
  • Restoration of JFK monument.  University of Dayton.  1998.
  • Free lance sculptor.  The Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, 1993 and 1997.
  • Studied stone and wood carving with Walter Driesback, 1990 to 1993.
  • Studied with Jay Bolotin, sculptor, 1981-1984.
  • Cincinnati Art Academy, 1981.
  • University of Cincinnati, 1974-1976 and 1977-1981.
2009 - Solo Show.  The Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, OH.
2009 - The Art of Jazz (one sculptor show). Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL.
2009 - John Leon Figures It Out . Solo show at the Parkersburg, West Virginia Art Center.
2008 -2009 - Riverspan Sculpture Exhibition . Newport, KY.
2006 - Five on Five.  The 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
2006 - The Art of Jazz.  The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
2004 - Harlan Hubbard and John Leon Works. Frankfort Art Center, Frankfort, Indiana.
2003 - Portraits-Public and Private. The National Sculpture Society.  New York. NY.
2002 -2004 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado.
2002 - Sports Sculpture National Sculpture Society. New York, NY.
2000 - The National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition. Brookgreen Gardens, SC & New York, NY.
2000 - The Bronze Zoo. National Sculpture Society. New York, New York.
2000, 2002 - The Nude, Annual Juried Exhibition. Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
1998 - Feed the Body, Feed the Soul.  The Fitton Center for the Arts.  Hamilton, Ohio
1996 - Personages and Mountains: Cristina Fournier and John Leon.  The Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Jose, Costa Rica.
1996 - John Leon-Sculpture: Greg Storer-Paintings.  The A. B. Closson Company. Cincinnati, OH.
1995, 1993, 1992 - City of Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee grant.
1995 - Limestone Heritage Festival. First Prize, Limestone Sculpture Competition.  Bedford, IN.
1995 - Sports and the Human Figure. The Gallery at Cedar Hollow. Malvern, Pennsylvania.
1994 - Central South Art Exhibition. Tennessee Art League.  Nashville, Tennessee.  Juried.
1994 - Art On the Square.  Purchase award.  Cincinnati, Ohio.  Juried.
1993 - KZF Gallery Presents Voices from the Next Generation.  The Baldwin Building. Cin., Ohio   
1993 - The Art of John Leon: Bronze, Stone and Wood.  The Mason Fine Art Gallery.  Mason, Ohio.
1993 - Exhibition 280: Works Off Walls. The Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, West Virginia. Juried.  Honorable Mention award.
1992 - Sculpture On the Plaza ‘92.  St. John’s Uihlein-Peters Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Juried.
1992 - Thelonious Sphere Monk Portrait Competition Exhibit. District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington D.C. and 1991, Broadway Arts Building, Asheville, North Carolina. Juried. 
1991 - Paul Thompson and John Leon. The Rottinghaus Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1991 - The American Yard. The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art.  Racine, Wisconsin.
1991 - The Sculpture of John Leon. The T.C. Day Technical Library.  University of Cincinnati, OMI Campus.  Forest Atkins, curator.
1990 - Small Sculpture in the 90’s. The Lima Art Association. Alma Gallery.  Lima, Ohio.
1990 - Reinvestigating Myth. University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Sculptural Pursuit.  Vol.3 No.1.  “The Art of John Leon”. (Cover story).  Winter, 2004
  • The Artist’s Sketchbook.  “Reality Plus Imagination”.  June, 2002.
  • Dayton Daily News.  “Statue to Finally Get Its Coat of Bronze.”  May 11, 1998.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, “A Whale of a Fountain”.  March 15, 1998.
  • The Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica.  Sculptor Inspired by C.R.’s...Mountains.  December 6, 1996.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, “The Art of Remembrance”. May 28, 1995.
  • Jane Kenney-Wurth, International Society of Bassists Magazine. Vol. XVII, No. 3, Spring 1992.
  • Raymond L. Buse III, “Etched in Stone”, Eastside Weekend. Vol. I, No. 27, Sept. 27, 1990.
  • Stone carving instructor. Art Academy of Cincinnati, Community Education Program. 2003 – present.
  • Exhibiting Member of the National Sculpture Society.
  • Exhibiting Member of The Cincinnati Art Club. Board Member 2002 – 2003.
  • Juror for the Montgomery Art Show. Montgomery, Ohio.   1994, 1997 - present.
  • Juror for the Hyde Park Square Art Show.  Cincinnati, Ohio.  2000.
  • Slide lecture and studio tour.  Queen City Artists.  1998.
  • Lecture-demonstration, The Cincinnati Art Club.  September 2006 and April 1994.        
  • Taught sculpting, mold making, and casting, privately, 1993 - 2002.
  • Visiting Artist Lecturer.  Lloyd-Mann elementary school, Morrow, Ohio. March 26, 1993.
  • Radio Interview (3 hrs.), Thursday Night Jazz-The Jazz Sculptor. WVXU Stations. Jan. 31, 1991.

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