About the photographer: Michael Leoncio
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was easy to appreciate beauty in so many things with all the culture and natural aesthetic. But wasn’t until a stint studying the arts in Paris where I finally discovered my way to capture the things I appreciated. Photography. What started as a hobby, my relationship with photography grew from a mild appreciation to a necessary form of communication. While in Paris, I discovered I couldn't hack it by drawing or painting the essence of life – but I was on to something by capturing them through the lens.
Truth is, I was in 5th grade when I was first introduced to microfilms. I spent countless hours scouring old archived SI Swimsuit Issues (sorry, Mom!) which led to my adoration of iconic supermodels – which also led to my hero and inspiration – photographer Herb Ritts. Fast-forward to my time in Paris where my professor told me to always shoot to tell a story and to create feeling within those four corners. And that’s where it all began.
My favorite project thus far has been an exhibit I was featured in – The Magnolia Project. My work from that was featured in both Nudenite and Art Basel – two events I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I’m also very proud of my Naked Sushi exhibits, as that’s where I first began to make a name for myself locally. My style and focus can best be described as boudoir photography, with a twist.
From being featured at Art Basel in Miami, to showing at The Hangar Gallery in the Wynwood Art District, to participating in NudeNite Orlando and Tampa, collaborating at EDC Orlando and Red Bull’s Ten to 10 – while my work has been seen by thousands in some pretty notable places that I’m especially proud of – I look forward to the day when I can say I’ve affected millions. To the day when some 5th grader is looking online through a digital catalog of the Millennial “it” Girls and says, “Wow, this Michael Leoncio guy sure is a badass!”