Ana Leal (b. 1969, Brazil) is a photographer based in São Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Miami International University of Arts and Design (2018), and her Bachelor of Arts in photography from the Pan American School of Arts in São Paulo (2013).
Leal is the recipient of the Latin America Fotografia 7 Award as well as the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Brazil.
My photographic work explores ideas of memory, the passage of time, and empty spaces. I use strategies of minimalism and fragmentation to invite viewers into the inner labyrinths of my subjects. I’m inspired by the notion of The Void, as a way of experiencing contemplation when immersed in these unoccupied spaces.
The images are an attempt to capture a state of suspension, a melancholic atmosphere in which time stops and the present disappears. They are simple and subtle, emphasizing minutiae. They do not aim to highlight the referent but rather to capture the details and the feeling of being inside these environments, taking the audience to a place without defined time and space. An opportunity to escape the real world.
2018 - MFA Visual arts , Miami International University of Arts and Design, Miami, FL
2013 - BFA in Photography , Escola Panamericana de Arte e design, São Paulo, Brazil
1994 - MBA in Marketing , Universidade de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
1993 - BA in Economics, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
2018 Latin America 7
2019 Prix de La Photographie Paris - Honorable Mention
2020 15th Julia Margaret Cameron award’s non-prof - Winner Abstract
2020 15th Julia Margaret Cameron award’s non-prof - Honorable Mention Fine Art
2020/05 - “ Art in the Time of Corona “ - Dab Art Gallery , Los Angeles, CA, USA
2020/03 - “Shadow and Light” - Black Box Gallery , Portland, Oregon, USA
2020/01 - “Mulheres de Visão “ 4º Fotografia Arte Plural , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2020/01 - Abstraction - Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
2019/05 - The Sublime Landscape, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis MN, USA
2019/09 - Personal Narrative - Photoplace Galley, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
2019/05 - TOAF Brooklyn , New York, USA
2019/01 - Mostra Quartos e Etc 2019, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2018/12 - Lines and Curves - PH 21 Gallery - Budapeste , Hungary
2018/09 - Mostra Casa Cor PE 2018 , Recife, PE , Brazil
2018/03 - Frank Contemporaries , The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall , Pembroke Pines , FL , USA
2018/02 - Repetition of Space, Wynwood Lofts , Miami , FL , USA
2017/10 - MFA students show, Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL , USA
2015/12 - Essência , Espaço Moldura Minuto , São Paulo, Brazil
2020/01 - Envision Arts magazine Volume 2
2019/05 - Dodho Magazine - “Psychological Landscapes ” series
2019/01 - Envision Arts Magazine - "Psychological Landscapes” series
2019/01 - Dodho Magazine - “Keep Going” series