Drew has had several public solo exhibitions at notable institutions including the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His mid-career survey exhibition, Existed: Leonardo Drew, debuted in 2009 at the Blaffer Gallery, (Art Museum of the University of Houston), travelling to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. Recently he took part in ‘Unsuspected Possibilities’ at Site Santa Fe (7.’15 – 1.’16).
His work is found in major museum collections around the world including TATE, MOMA, Solomon Guggenheim Museum in NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston. Private collections include the Rubell, Hort, Ella Cisneros, and Frankel Collections as well as the Linda Pace Foundation and the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF).
The practice of American artist Leonardo Drew, known for his evocative abstract sculptures assembled from diverse materials including cotton, rust, wood, paper and found objects, is concerned with the rebirth of organic materials. Having found his raw materials, Drew takes them back to the studio and gives them due burial before transforming them into a new life as integral parts of his sculptural creations.