Lluís Lleó (pronounced Luis Yay-oh) was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1961 to a family of painters. His artistic practice follows a generation of artists, from his great-grandfather Joan as a decorative painter of ceilings, to his grandfather Lluís, a watercolorist who designed advertisements and posters, right down to his father Joan a painter in his own right and art professor. From a very early age, Lleó was immersed in the culture of painting. His exposure to art was through art museums and rural churches in Catalunya, where he first encountered medieval frescos. It was the Romanesque architecture of Europe that intrigued the young artist and inspired him to develop his artistry based on this traditional technique.
Lleó never had formal academic training as an artist; rather he was born into it. He’s a fourth-generation painter who studies, as noted by Robert Hughes resemble “an intense traditional apprenticeship”. Cleaning brushes, priming canvas, watching his grandfather and father work in their studios, and taking from his conversations with them on the subject. They had taught him already everything he needed to know to become an artist.