Leslie Neumann Bio

L.NeumannLeslie Neumann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a Master’s Degree in painting from New York University in Manhattan.

After living in New York City for 14 years and teaching art at St. John’s University in Queens for 6 of those years, she moved in 1991 to the small fishing village of Aripeka on the Gulf of Mexico in central Florida.

An active environmentalist, Neumann and other members of her community have been successful in helping to preserve more than 14,000 acres of pristine coastal lands.

Neumann’s paintings are inspired by the natural forces found in cosmic and terrestrial landscapes. Made with oil paint and encaustic (hot wax), the wax is applied with a brush while it is still hot. After it congeals, the artist scrapes through to reveal another layer of color; she then engraves pictographs, words, and marks into the molten wax. The result is a rich luminous surface.

Mary Ann Marger, art critic for the St. Petersburg Times describes Neumann as a “dark romantic whose mysterious paintings seem independent of time – or weather.”

The Tampa Tribune’s Lara Bradburn says Neumann’s landscapes “evoke a dichotomy of sensations and distinctive paradox: they are both passionate and soothing, powerful and disarming, apocalyptic and transcendent.”

While Joan Altabe of the Sarasota Herald Tribune calls Neumann “The real thing.” She says, “There’s no peace here, no safe hold. These landscapes celebrate unpredictability and mood. If you want to see the sublime, see these pictures by Neumann.”

Neumann is a recipient of a 1993 Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant for Painting, and a 1989 Fellowship from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida in 2001, and in 2007 an Artist Enhancement Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In 1995, she was among the 50 artists selected by Jack Cowart, Deputy Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to be included in the Open Studios book New American Paintings. In 2005, Neumann was honored with a 15 year retrospective of her work at the Vero Beach Art Museum.

One can find Neumann’s work in many private and public collections throughout the United States, including Nissan Motor Corporation in Los Angeles; ADT Securities in New Jersey; Marriott hotels in Washington, DC; Firebirds Restaurants throughout the USA; and museums such as the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida and the Tampa Museum, as well as the University of Florida in Gainesville, City of Tampa and the City of Orlando’s Public Art Collections.

Museum and Public Art Collections

City of Orlando, Art in Public Places, Orlando, Florida

City of Tampa, Art in Public Places, Tampa, Florida

Maitland Art Center, Maitland, Florida

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida

St. Petersburg College of Art, St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida


Leslie Neumann Fellowships

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Artist Enhancement


Grant 2001 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship for Painting 1993 Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation Grant for Painting 1989 New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant for Painting



Nuance Galleries, “Leslie Neumann,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Salt Creek Art Works, “Cosmic Connections,” St Petersburg, Florida

Randy Batista Gallery, “Transcendent Beauty, Encaustic Paintings by Leslie Neumann,” Gainesville, Florida 2005 Vero Beach Art Museum, “15 Year Retrospective,” Vero Beach, Florida 2004 The Arts Center, “Mystic Guideposts,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Kingdon Alan Gallery, “Rejoice, Release,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Soho Myriad Gallery, “New Work,” Atlanta, Georgia

Merrick Gallery, “Leslie Neumann,” St. Petersburg, Florida 2000 Arts Center, “Wilderness Songs,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Polk Museum of Art, “The Temporal and the Celestial,” Lakeland, Florida 1992 Gulf Coast Museum, “Leslie Neumann,” Bellaire, Florida 1987 Giles Gallery, “The Motion Series,” Eastern Kentucky University 1982 Gallery 120, “Salome,” New York City 1980 80 Washington Square East Gallery, “Master Thesis Exhibition,” New York City


Hillsborough Community College, “Visions and Journeys: Leslie Neumann and Judith Salmon,” Tampa, Florida

Mira Mar Gallery, “The Contemporary Landscape: Leslie Neumann, Gregory Saunders, Tom Judd,” Sarasota, Florida 1997 The Thomas Center, “Keyed-Up Surfaces: Leslie Neumann and Alan Maxwell,” Gainesville, Florida


Kobalt Gallery, “Confluence: Water and Light,” Provincetown, Massachusetts

Morean Arts Center, “Hot Wax: Medium Meets Message,” St. Petersburg, Florida 2012 [email protected], “Florida Focus, an Invitational by Ken Rollins,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Mennello Museum of Art, “Eight from Florida,” Orlando, Florida

Polk Museum of Art, “Visual Unity 2,” Lakeland, Florida

Morean Arts Center, “Visual Unity,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Lewis House Gallery, Eckerd College, “Five Artists,” St. Petersburg, Florida 2007 C. Emerson Fine Arts, “Spirituality and Materialism,” St. Petersburg, Florida 2005 Alliance for the Arts, “Ten Year Retrospective of Best of Show Winners,” Ft. Myers, Florida 2003 Okaloosa – Walton Museum, Florida Fellowship Traveling Show, Niceville, Florida

Deland Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Traveling Show, Deland, Florida 2003 Appleton Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Traveling Show, Ocala, Florida

Mary Brogan Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Traveling Show, Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa Museum of Art, “Under Current/Over View 5,” Tampa, Florida

Gulf Coast Museum of Art, “Dinner with the Arts,” Largo, Florida

Polk Museum of Art, “The Gala 2001, An Art Odyssey,” Lakeland, Florida 2000 Gulf Coast Museum of Art, “The Landscape Re-visited,” Largo, Florida 2000 Contemporary Art Museum, University of Florida “Local Visions Part II, ” Tampa Florida

Merrick Gallery, “Five,” St. Petersburg, Florida

Gulf Coast Museum of Art, “Grand Opening,” Largo, Florida

Merrick Gallery, “Images, Objects & Ideas,” St. Petersburg, Florida 1998 The Ringling Museum, “Baroque Bash: A Fan Fantasy Invitational,” Sarasota, Florida

Lee County Alliance for the Arts, “2D/3D,” Ft. Myers, Florida 1998 Women’s Caucus of Art, “Approaching the Millennium,” Brandon, Florida 1998 The Arts, Center, “All Florida Artists Annual Juried Exhibition,” St. Petersburg, Florida 1998 Arts and Design Society, “6th Annual Regional Fine Arts Exhibition,” Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 1997 Vero Beach Art Museum, “Florida Competitive Exhibition,” Vero Beach, Florida

University of Mobile, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” Mobile, Alabama 1997 Armory Art Center, “6th Annual Figurative. Small Works,” West Palm Beach, Florida

Dunedin Fine Arts Center, “The Nature of Our World,” Dunedin, Florida 1996 Stephen Austin State University, “Texas National ’96,” Nacogdoches, Texas 1995 Clayton Galleries, “Couples” Tampa, Florida

Ruth Eckerd Hall, “New Directions,” St. Petersburg, Florida

MiraMar Gallery, “The Holiday Show: Five Artists,” Sarasota, Florida 1994 Jacksonville Center for Contemporary Art, “Tampa-Jacksonville Connection,” Jacksonville, Florida 1993 The Polk Museum of Art, “The 4th All-Florida Biennial,” Lakeland, Florida 1993 The Thomas Center, “Sacred Spaces: Women and the Landscape,” Gainesville, Florida 1992 Orlando Museum of Art, “1992 Annual Juried Exhibition,” Orlando, Florida 1992 Corbino Gallery, “Fall Preview 1992,” Sarasota, Florida

Helander Gallery, “New Work, New York,” Palm Beach, Florida 1992 Jaffe Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

Foreman Gallery, “(the) Landscape in Question,” Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

The Hook Gallery, “Earth Remembered,” Brooklyn, New York

Hal Katzen Gallery, “Divergent Currents,” New York City, New York

Long Island University, “The Master’s Fourth,” Southampton, New York

FSU Four Arts/Institute for Contemporary Art, Tallahassee, Florida 1983 Somerset County College, North Branch, New Jersey

Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit; Michigan

Gallery 120, New York, New York

W & J National Painting Show, Washington, Pennsylvania