Artist: Dayo Leonard

Artist: Dayo Leonard


Acrylic on OSB Plywood 12×36

From the “Women of God” series, 2009

Freedom Riders

Acylic on OSB Plywood in Handmade Frame.

Commissioned by the African American Cultural Alliance to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, 2010

Love and Unity

From the “Children of God” series

Acrylic on Canvas in Handmade Mixed Media Frame, 2011

Masai Women

Dayo’s First Painting in Realism

Acrylic and Beads on Canvas 40×40

With permission from the photographers

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, 2000

Growing Wisdom

Acrylic on Canvas 16×20, 2003



Acrylic on Wood Tiles in Handmade Frame

From the “Children of God” series

24×40, 2011


Acrylic on Wood in Handmade Frame

From the “Masks” series 18×18



Cut Wood and Acrylic on OSB Plywood

Each 6×30


Dayo is a Mixed Media Artist specializing in “green” art. She‘s been saving things from landfills and transforming them into beautiful works of art for over 20 years. She has traveled to many states exhibiting her work at juried art shows and other events.  She is represented by many galleries including Ellis–Chambers Gallery, Lyons Gallery and Art on 5, and in several gift shops as well. She has had solo exhibits at The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University and her works can be seen in centers throughout the campus. She has been commissioned as a muralist for Metro Nashville Public Schools and is a self-published illustrator of a coloring book which includes images of African American children. Her work has been seen in online publications like The Creative Jar and through her website She’s also a member of Nashville-based, female Artists group “Artsy Chicks.” She is best known for her “Children of God” series which depicts children of all nationalities with expressions of unity, love, faith and peace. Dayo enjoys sharing her gift with people of all ages through teaching private and community based art classes. She is currently owner of Dayo Art and resides and creates in Nashville, Tennessee.


All images shown by permission of artist. Images © Dayo Leonard.


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August 2, 2012