Leonilson (José Leonilson Bezerra Dias)


Leonilson (José Leonilson Bezerra Dias), ‘The Penelope’ 1993
The Penelope 1993
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José Leonilson Bezerra Dias (born 1957 Fortaleza, Ceará - died 1993 São Paulo, São Paulo), was a Brazilian artist working in both 2D as a painter and draughtsman and in 3D as textile worker and sculptor. He lived most of his life in Brazil where he created conceptual artworks focused on expressions of love and grief specifically from a queer-lens. Leonilson was diagnosed with HIV (AIDS) at the age of 34, and died a few years later due to complications.

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