Leroy Johnson (b. 1937) was born and grew up in the Eastwick community of Southwest Philadelphia. Much of his work takes the form of painting, collage, and found objects and is reflective of life in the inner city.
He has participated consistently in solo or group shows since the late sixties, exhibiting widely, some venues being: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens; Tirza Yalon Kolton Ceramic Gallery (Tel Aviv); Gloucester County College (Sewell, NJ); University of Pennsylvania; Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Pittsburgh, PA); Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn, NY), as well as numerous others. He has received grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Johnson is a 2014 PEW Fellow, and was recently chosen as the Directors Highlight in the Let’s Connect Competition at the Barnes Museum. He has been a participating or resident artist for many community-based art projects, including at Ile Ife, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Taller Puertoqueno, the Church of the Advocate, and St. Francis Academy. Additionally, he was the inaugural resident artist at the Art Barn in Amaranth, VA, and recent Mural Arts Studio Artist-in-Residence at the Barnes Museum. He is the current Peter Benoliel Fellow at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Johnson earned an MHS at Lincoln University.