Temescal Flows Mural

Alan Leon – Artist

510 628 0801
1109 Oak Street., Apt 510
Oakland, CA 94607

My education has been two-directional — fine arts training and environmental/architectural training. I have developed a passion for graphic research and pictorial thinking with an emphasis on linking two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.My education has been two-directional — fine arts training and environmental/architectural training. I have developed a passion for graphic research and pictorial thinking with an emphasis on linking two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.

In 1976while living in Tobago, West Indies, I completed a 200-page independent study project on the coastal zone entitled “The Phenomenon of Place; Water and Land Interface.” As an Artist-in- Residence at the Madewood Arts Foundation and St. Philomenia School, Labadieville, Louisiana, I directed a large scale, figurative mural involving some 70 children.

 I have been a registered landscape architect in New York State since 1980. I was a winner of the NYC Town Hall Young Artist Award in 1962, and a Special Merit Award winner at the 7th Annual New Orleans International Art Exhibit in 1977. I was a semi finalist in the American Artist Competition of 1978, and a finalist in the NYC Subways Improvement Competition sponsored by the Cooper Union in 1979. I won Best of Show, 2nd Place , at the 1994 Festival at the Lake in Oakland CA .


I have had over 18 years experience in land­ scape architectural offices throughout the USA, involving master planning through detail design. In 1980, I was an associate at Vreeland & Guerriero Landscape Architects, NYC. In 1988, I was project director for RIVERBANK, a 28-acre, urban rooftop state park on the Hudson River.

 I was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in New Hampshire in 1981, and a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 1992. I have taught Landscape Design at Rutgers University for the 1985 school year, as well as Landscape Theory at the New York Botanical Garden. I also presented workshops on “Reading the Landscape” for the Institute for Social Ecology in 1985.

During a 1983 Fulbright Award for the study of landscape in Southeast Asia, I completed 150 paintings, and a manuscript entitled “Landscape Spaces; a Guide to Reading the Landscape.” In 1988, I presented a paper on the topic of edges at the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ 25th Congress. I live and breathe drawing as a tool for environmental discovery, knowing, projection, and transformation.

I have done solo large scale installations at Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Crocker Galleria in San Francisco, and for the Pier C show in Hoboken.

My practice from 1991 to present has included mural, object, architectural, and site design. I completed a Landscape Master Plan for the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993. My award-winning wood and stone inlay mezuzahs (small, doorpost prayer-holding sculptures) have been exhibited in galleries, museum shops, and craft fairs.

 My murals can be seen at Footwork Dance Studio in San Francisco, San Francisco Jewish Community Center, and numerous San Francisco retail businesses



* Finalist, Communication Workers of America Mural Competition,Oakland , 1997

* Finalist, Eastlake Street Banners Competition, Oakland, 1997 *Finalist, L’Arte della Strada (Pastelon sidewalk mural), San Francisco, 1997 *Spertus Judaica Prize, 3rd Prize, African Yam Boat Seder Plate, Spertus Museum, Chicago, 1996 * Oakland Festival at the Lake, Best of Show, Mezuzot, 2nd Prize, 1994

* Mama’s Royal Cafe Napkin Art Contest, Oakland, 1994, 1995, 1996

* San Francisco Bay Guardian Cartoon Contest, San Francisco, 1991

* Fulbright Scholar Award, Philippines, 1982-1983

* Finalist, American Artist Magazine Painting Award, 1980

* Skowhegan Scholarship Award (by Coopers & Lybrand), Maine, 1980

* Finalist, NYC Subways Improvement Competition at the Cooper Union, NYC, 1979

* Special Merit Award, 7th Annual New Orleans International Art Show, 1977 * NYC Town Hall Young Artist Award, 1962



* Omega Institute, Artist-in-Residence, Rhinebeck, NY, 1997 – 2013

* Camp Tawonga, Resident Artist, Groveland, CA, 1993, 1994, 1998

* Kalani Hanoua, Arts and Culture Center, Puna, Hawaii, 1996

* Camp Newman, Art Director, Santa Rosa, CA, 1997

* Camp Swig, Art Director, Saratoga, CA, 1993-1996

* American Academy in Rome, Italy, 1992

* MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1981 R’Madewood Plantation & St. Philomena School, Artist-in-Residence, Bayou LaFouche, Lousiana, 1978



* Realm Between Realms, Histories Between History, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington DC, 1997

* The Seder Plate, Spertus Press, Chicago, 1996

* Light Interpretations, a Hanukah Menorah Invitational, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, 1995 *International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress Proceedings, Apprehending Your World Through Edges, Boston, MA, 1988

* Quonset Huts on the River Styx, Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility sponsored Bombshelter Design Book, North Atlantic Books, NY, 1987

* American Artist Magazine, Travel Tips from the Pros, March, 1985

* Landscape Spaces: A Guide to Reading the Landscape, self-published, 1984



* San Francisco City College, 1993

* Urban Permaculture Design Intensive, NY, 1985

* Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine, 1980

* Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, NY, 1979-1980

* Pratt Institute, study with Roman Vishniac, NY, 1979

* Drawing and Painting Research, Tobago, West Indies, 1976

* College of Environmental Science & Forestry, BLA, Syracuse NY, 1976

* City College of NY, 1971-1973

* Bronx High School of Science, NY, 1968-1971



* George Maynes Elementary School, Alviso CA, 1998

* Eastlake Banner Design Workshop, Teenagers, Oakland, 1998

* Peralta Street Community Garden Mural Workshop, Berkeley, 1998

* Museum of Children’s Art, Oakland, 1997

* Studio One Art Center, Creativity Explosion, Oakland, 1997

* Bay Area Discovery Museum, Skyframes Installation, Sausalito CA, 1992

* Goddard Riverside Environmental Education Program, Rifton NY, 1990

* Institute for Social Ecology, NY, 1986 •The Hudson School, Hoboken NJ, 1985

* The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY, 1985

* Rutgers University, Cook College, School of Landscape Architecture, NJ, 1981 and 1985



* Producer, The Hungry Hobo (one man show about the young Jack London ), Oakland Museum, 1998

* Street Percussion Workshop, CELL (Collective Exploration Learning Laboratories), SF, 1998

* Gamelan Sekar Jaya Workshop (Indonesian Orchestra), El Cerrito CA, 1996-1997 •Foga na Roupa (Clothes on Fire), Brazilian Dance Bloco, SF Carnival & Oakland Carijama, 1995

* “Articulate Architecture, Space & Behavior,” participant (with Fiona Templeton), Capp Street Project, SF, 1992


* Syracuse Structures, watercolors, Lincoln Bank, Syracuse,N.Y., 1975

* The Phenomenen of Place, Festival of Places, 200 drawings of Tobago, 1976

* “Highland, Lowland: A Watercolor Journal of the Philippine Landscape, International Center, Manilla, Philippines, 1983

  • Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Open Studio, San Francisco, 1993-1996
  • Drawings for Murals, Just Desserts, Oakland, 1996
  • Yoga Paintings, Ink on Paper, Piedmont Yoga Studio, 1997
  • Rivulets and Flowing Bodies, watercolor and mixed media, Omega Institute
    New York , 1997 and 1998
  • The Animal Kingdom- Mythological Grip on the Imagination, watercolors
    and acrylics, Just Desserts- Oakland and Palo Alto, 1998
  • The Mezuzah, Jack London Squre Windows Project, Oakland, 1999
Temescal Mural

Alan Leon

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