Shaun El C. Leonardo received his BA from Bowdoin College (2001) and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2005). He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. His solo exhibitions include Champion of the World, Praxis International Art, New York (2013); Battle Royal, Videodromo, Ancona, Italy (2012); Sleeping Giant, Praxis International Art, Miami (2011); El Debut de El Conquistador, La Curtiduria, Oaxaca, Mexico (2008); Self-Portrait Fight, Performa 07, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2007); Shaun El C. Leonardo, Rhys Gallery, Boston (2007); and The Steel Cage Match, LMCC Swing Space Performance, New York (2006).

His group exhibitions include Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2014); Dallas Biennial (DB14), Dallas, TX (2014); superHUMAN, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim (2012); Greater New York: Five-Year Review, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2010); Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, Independent Curators International, traveling exhibition (2009–11); Hard Targets: Masculinity and American Sports, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2007); Emergency Room, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2007); Black Alphabet: Contexts of Contemporary African American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2006); The Masculine Box and Beyond, LAB, San Francisco (2006); and God Complex: Images of Power, Rush Arts Gallery, New York (2006).