Lorenzo Manuel Durán Silva (Cáceres, Spain, 1969) has grown and lived between Düsseldorf (Germany), Madrid and Guadalajara (Spain), province where he has lived since 2004. He studied Technical Drawing but worked in very different jobs afterwards, staying for a long time as a construction worker, dealing with what they call vertical or rope access work.

At age 36, Lorenzo M. Durán found out that he had left aside two of his true passions: art and nature. His awareness came one day, in 2005, when unemployment appeared in his path, providing him with lots of time to think about what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, and then he began living an existential metamorphosis which has turned him into a man who is increasingly aware of his inside, his shadow, and who attempts to communicate with all of that by using his personal tools, in a creative field.

Once Lorenzo took this path he decided to start by the classic Oil on canvas, from which he never entirely separates, but he would get a new inspiration later on, when a caterpillar eating a leaf would give him the idea of changing the canvases by plant leaves. That opened a world of possibilities that the artist has been exploring since then.

Failing to find information about "leaf cutting art", back in 2006-2008, Lorenzo developed his own technique for doing it, going through a long trial-and-error process until he found a good way of cutting his designs so that they could be framed and preserved for several years, as any other work of art.

Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.



2017-2018. Cut up/Cut out. Huntsville Museum of Art, AL. Group exhibition – USA


2017. Cut up/Cut out. Bellevue Arts Museum, WA. Group exhibition – USA


2016-2017. Cut up/Cut out. Bedford Gallery, Wallnut Creek, CA. Group exhibition – USA


2016. Enough to Swear By. Morlan Gallery-Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. Group exhibition – USA


2016. IV Americas Latino Eco Festival. McNichols Civic Center, Denver, CO. Group exhibition – USA


2015. Only Unusual. ONLY ART CLUB Gallery, Hamburg. Group exhibition - Germany


2014-2015. Branching Out: Trees as Art. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Group exhibition – USA

2014. Exile: A Living of Forest. ONCA Gallery, Brighton. Group exhibition – UK
2014. Butterflies. Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts. Group exhibition – USA
2014. The Skull Show. Bedford Gallery, California. Group exhibition – USA
2014. Dynamite Gallery, Brighton. Group exhibition – UK
2014. Soplo de Esperanza  / Breath of hope. Americas Latino Festival at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO. Solo exhibition – USA
2013. Exposición de Otoño. La Demba Arte-Hotel & Restaurante, Abizanda, Huesca. Solo exhibition – Spain
2013. QR Art Lab, FESCIGU 2013. Auditorio Buero Vallejo, Guadalajara. Live demo and group exhibition – Spain 
2013. Art Berkhout. Berkhouter Kert. Group exhibition – Netherlands

2012-2013. Leaf. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Solo exhibition – Israel

2012. Mono no aware. Bo Lee Gallery, Bath. Group exhibition – UK

2011.  Treebus, 2 International Ecoart Festival, Cuenca. Group Exhibition – Spain



Leaf Cutting & Oil Painting.

Public and private collections


2014. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts – USA

2014. MacS, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia – Italy


2008. Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, MEAM – Spain



Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.

Commissions (selection)


2015. Wardour Communications Ltd, front and back covers of “Arup Design Book” – UK

2014. Klein & Russo, campaign “Finanziamenti BNL green” for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – Italy

2013. Americas Latino Eco-Festival, Denver/Boulder, Colorado – USA

2012. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens – Israel

2011. Company Logo for YKS – Brazil

2011. Crown, Psychedelic Blues Rock band – USA

2011. Leonardo Parnes. Campaign against deforestation – Brazil

2010. DDB Shanghai. Environmental campaign – China



Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.


2015. Arup Design Book. Published by Wardour Communications Ltd. Cover and back of the book – UK


2015. Smallest Leaf, A collection of poetry, by Lisa Toth Salinas. Cover of the book – USA


2015. Plant Kingdom. Book published by SendPoints Publishing Co.,Ltd – China


2014. Calendar 2015 for McLeod Russel. Published and designed by Mophysis Communications – India


2014. Big Art / Small Art. Book published by Thames and Hudson Ltd – UK



Oil Painting. 

Exhibitions and Competitions


2009. Figurativas '09. IV Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid - Spain

2008. Figurativas '08. III Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid.  Pre-selected and acquisition of work for the "Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, MEAM" (European Museum of Modern Art) - Spain
2007. Figurativas '07. II Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid – Spain 

2006.  Concurso de Cartel “Cuenta Cuentos”, Guadalajara – Spain

2006.  IX Concurso Fermín Santos. Sigüenza, Guadalajara, Selected. Group Exhibition – Spain


1996.   Concurso de Comics. Tolosa, Guipúzcoa. Publication – Spain 

1980.   Concurso Pintura Callejera. Ayuntamiento de Tetuán, Madrid.  2nd prize – Spain 

1977.   Concurso Infantil Pintura Callejera. Düsseldorf. 1st prize – Germany



2016 - Nuestra Cultura Award (Nuestra Familia ALEF Awards). IV Americas Latino Eco Festival, Denver, CO. USA



1989 - FP2 Delineación. IES Virgen de la Paloma. Madrid.