Leonard Piha was introduced to the world of folk art while studying at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he received his MFA in 1983. "Folk art gave me permission to create work that was more genuine, closer to my heart, and honest," says Piha. His work changed from being "fashionable" and adding to contemporary explorations to a highly personalized adventure.
Since 1995, Piha has worked as an elementary school art teacher. The Georgia-based artist has also chosen to work as a carpenter for many years. Building things is a necessity for him, which is why he combines his love for carpentry with his lifelong passion for creating art.
Piha prefers to build his canvases with cast-off pieces of wood or use rusted tin as his surface of choice. He and his wife built their house, studio, and gallery. He has filled up the yard and all interiors with his artwork.
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