Leo Castañeda (b. Cali, Colombia 1988) is an artist and game designer living in Miami, FL. Fusing gaming, painting, virtual reality, drawing, and sculpture, Castañeda's work reimagines the racial, socio-economic, and posthuman anatomies that govern mythologies and societal systems across our globalized world.
Castañeda received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2010 and MFA from Hunter College in 2014. Residencies include SOMA Mexico City attended through the Cisneros Foundation (2014); "Of Games III" at Khoj International Artists Association in New Delhi India (2015); Bronx Museum AIM Program (2017), and Oolite Arts Studio Residency (2018–2019). He is a recipient of South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual/Media Artists Fellowship, Locust Project Wavemaker Grant, and Oolite Arts Ellies Creator Award.
Exhibitions and screenings span Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017), Espacio Art Nexus (2017), Frost Art Museum (2012), Wolfsonian Museum (2019), Children’s Museum of Manhattan (2019), IndieGrits Festival (2017), Borscht Film Festival (2017), and more. Castañeda’s work has been featured in Killscreen, Rhizome, El Nuevo Herald, El Pais, and Vice.
Castañeda currently a professor of 3-D animation at Florida International University and New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.