Leslie Lumeh was born in 1970 in Dambala, Grand Cape Mount County, in western Liberia. He lives and works in Monrovia. After receiving his degree in architecture at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Leslie Lumeh oriented himself towards an artistic career and developed a deep knowledge of illustration and comic book art. Since 2005, he has worked with Liberia’s oldest independent newspaper, The Daily Observer.
In 2008, on his return from exile in the Ivory Coast (1997 -2005), Leslie Lumeh created the Art of the Heart Gallery, the first gallery to open after the civil war. He is the founder of the first visual art school in Monrovia, LiVArts, and president of the Liberia Association Inc. (LAA), an organization devoted to the advancement of art in Liberia.
He works using various techniques: oil, acrylic, charcoal, watercolors and gouache. Painting is the preferred technique of this autodidact artist. Through his figurative pieces, he shows a realist vision of landscapes and the urban environment, in which he lives.
Leslie Lumeh began showing his work in 1993, and then was selected in 2008 to participate in the exhibition Africa Now!, organized by the World Bank in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he also exhibited his work at the French Ambassador’s residence in Monrovia.
The Light Within, 2015,
Oil on canvas,
69 x 123 cm,