Leo Salazar is an abstract painter, sculptor and photographer who lives and works in Madison, WI. He was born in Chicago, the son of Mexican immigrants. The family came to settle in Madison but his parents would later be deported. Leo's mother played a key role in encouraging and nurturing his creativity, which became a powerful source of healing and strength during the family's upheaval.

Leo's approach to his work is open yet very driven. He combines his formal art training with self-taught methods. "If I try something and it doesn't work out, I'll try something else. Or I'll just make it work". This also applies to how he lives his life, with a mix of adventure and resolve that fuels his translation of ideas and emotions into beautiful pieces. He travels the US and Mexico seeking fresh ideas and inspiration.

Bold colors and textures in his pieces relate a positive triumph over sadness and pain. There is darkness but never despair.

Leo Salazar


Dr. Hook

I wouldn't put this painting anywhere near the fireplace. It would look better in the hallway.


If you're from the 80's then this is for you. If you're from the 90's then try something else.

Clocking Blue

This painting would look great in your bathroom. Something nice to look at for the fellas.


I was sitting at a bonfire thinking that COVID wasn't going to last long.

My Wind Shield Wipers

No it doesn't belong in the car, put in the dining room.

Standing Still

Run away as fast as you can.

Blurred Lines

Sometimes you have to tell your self "It's legal in Mexico" over and over again.

Trippy Dip

It doesn't matter how many times you dip it. When I dip, you dip, we dip.

Boots and Apples

Who cares what you like. Just own it.

Eye My Eye

Be thankful you have two eyes, some people only have one.

Deep Blue Me

Water comes in all colors. You never know the true color of things until your up close and personal.

Melting Kanye

When I listen to his music, I can't control my face.