Artist | Afrosurrealist | Photographer

Phone: +310622737887

Location: Amsterdam, Holland

Date of Birth: 10/08/1985


Self-taught Afro-surrealist Artist and photographer base 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 on 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 exhibit on different locations.


As an afro-surrealist artist, Leonel uses a mix of his photographs, 3D objects, digital painting and animation to create his pieces. On his artworks, he explores story telling 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.


STRATOSPHERE - Beijing 2021

One of the biggest International NFT Art exhibitions up to date, curated by International artist Sa- bet. Each artist will be displayed on their own Digital displayed bringing together artists from all around the world.

24th July - 2nd August 2021

Sonsbeek 20-24 - Stadsvilla Arnhem

The Black Archives x Yink Ilori x Sonsbeek 20 - 24 exhibition focus on the story of Nyanga Weder and her ancestry.

15th July 2021

Bitcoin Conference 2021 - Miami

NFT Art exhibition on physical space displaying 100 curated artist of the NFT community at the International Miami Bitcoin Conference.

1st - 6th Juny 2021

OBA Amsterdam - Zwarte Beweging

The Black Archives, curated this exhibition bringing together work from Leonel Piccardo, Airich and others. The exhibition commemorates 147 Years since the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands.

15th Oct - 15th Dec 2020

The LockedGlitch - Amsterdam

Afro-Surreal inspired exhibition launch in collaboration with The Natural Hair Doctor.

5th Oct 2020

The Wild - Amsterdam

Afro-surreal artworks and panel at black literature private event hosted at the Neverneverland Gallery.
9th - 11th Nov 2020


BlackQueerLove - Amsterdam

In collaboration with Naomie Pieter for BlackPride.nl showcased at The Black Archives.
28th Jul - 1st Aug 2020



More than 7 years experience in:

  • Portraiture

  • Composite Photography

  • Event Photography


Check photography portfolio at: www.leonelpiccardo.com




  • Sony Alpha A7III

  • 35MM fixed Lense

  • 50MM fixed Lense


  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Lightroom

  • After Effect

  • Animation