Tropical Botanic Artists


Leo Hernandez was born in Cuba in 1945. He left Cuba in 1961 and eventually arrived in Manhattan where he attended the School of Visual Arts and the Frank Reilly School of Art. He became a textile artist for M. Lowenstein Co. in the Art and Photographic Department. It was in New York that he met and married his wife, but his yearning for the tropical sun of his childhood brought him to his permanent Miami home in 1974. Here he attended Miami Dade College for Horticulture and Design. Leo recently retired from the position of Landscape Director for Brickell Key I on Brickell Key Island in downtown Miami.

Leo joined the Tropical Botanic Artists Collective after taking illustration classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Using pencil and watercolor, his work springs to life with just enough detail to make vividly real and refreshing imagery.

While not painting, Leo enjoys fishing, snorkeling, diving, butterfly gardening and photography with his two daughters.

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Black Eyed Susan

Watercolor over graphite on Arches paper

24 x 18 in

Painted Bunting and Zebra butterfly on Firebush

Watercolor over graphite on Arches paper

12 x 16 in

Tillandsia paucifolia

Watercolor on paper

16 x 20 in

Tillandsia flexuosa with Anole

Mixed media on paper

16 x 20 in

Palamedes Swallowtail on Buttonbush

Watercolor over graphite on paper

18 x 24 in