Derwin Leiva was born in Cuba in 1978 where music was part of his daily life. In 1995 he moved to Miami and in 2004 to Hawaii where he currently resides. He studied art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Linekona School and completed his BFA with Sculpture concentration at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Although his work has been influenced by artists like Picasso, Boccioni, and Wifredo Lam; Cuban music has always been a constant backdrop to his work. Through the use of rhythm and motion in his work, Leiva wants to mirror the experience of freedom found through Cuban music.
Leiva has participated in several international exhibitions including Swiss Art Expo Zurich, Switzerland, International Biennale Barcelona, Spain and Biennale Internazionale D’Arte Contemporanea 2019 in Mantova, Italy. His work has been displayed at the MEAN (European Museum of Modern Art) and the Diocesan Museum Francesco Gonzaga.
His work has been published worldwide in countries like Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the United States. Many of his art can be found in publications like Create! Magazine, Creativpaper, Exquisite Arts Magazine, Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine, Art International Contemporary Magazine and several books like Important World Artist 3, Current Masters 4, Masters of Today and 100 Artist of the Future.
Leiva’s work has been recognized internationally and most recently he received Artexpo New York “Best New Exhibitor Award,” the “International Caravaggio Prize – Great Master of the Art,” “The International Botticelli Award,” “The International Diego Velazquez Prize,” “The Frida Award,” and he was recognized at Mantova Art Expo as “Artist of the Year 2019.”