Sculpting Since: 1997
Born in Forli, Italy, in 1969, Leonardo was raised and educated there. Ever since childhood he has been fascinated by nature and space. Japanese cartoons showed him distant worlds of spaceships and aliens. The first book he bought was Volcanos. He spent his childhood drawing, modelling plasticine, playing with Lego and in summer making sand castles at the seaside. He attended the University of Florence.
He’s a multi-talented guy. He’s written children’s books; his first entitled I Create with Sand, published in 1997. And just 3 years ago, he published another book for the world-famous Tottori Museum in Japan. And he designed and built his own home following the dictates of bio-architecture and energy efficiency.
Architecture influences his sand sculpture as well. He specializes in building large scenic backgrounds and he’s passionate about perspective effects, reliefs and details. He’s participated in many competitions and events around the world.
- 2017 – Grand prize, Canadian Open, Parksville Beach, B.C.
- 2016 – 2nd place, International Sand Sculpting Festival, Revere Beach, MA
- 1999 – Champion nativity scene depicted on postal stamp by Italian Post Office
- 1998 – Grand prize, World Championship of Sand Sculpture, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
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