Born in 1981, Leo Mancini-Hresko was enthralled with various visual arts from a young age. Growing up in Boston, he attended classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2000, after his first year studying Fine Arts and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, he enrolled in a study abroad program in Florence, Italy.
During his year abroad, he chose to drop his studies and stay in Italy, ever searching for a more fitting training. Luckily, he stumbled across the Florence Academy, where he began studies in spring, 2001.
"The most important element in painting is the creation of imagery. A beautiful image must be considered in composition, color, drawing and execution; it is not enough, however, to just make an image including all four elements. Already that is well difficult. A painting should be painted, you must see the process, the brushstrokes, creation of the ground, glazes and impastos. No two inches of any picture should be treated the same. What always drew me to painting was the contrast between rough and smooth, harsh and subtle. That is where beauty is. I hope to draw the viewer in, to see the world a moment in the way I do."
Leo teaches in Florence, both privately in his studio and at the Florence Academy of Art. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including exhibitions in Florence, London, Santa Fe, Nantucket, Dublin, and New York. Leo’s October 2009 show marks his second solo exhibition with Ann Long Fine Art.