Hometown: South Bend, IN
From small town Indiana to East LA, LEBA, 30, uses art as a way to start a conversation that he doesn’t have to finish. He grew up on a farm with seven brothers and sisters and little financial means to support the family. As a reaction to the social inequality he felt, LEBA began doing street art. He rose above his family’s monetary situation and received a formal education from The Art Institute of California – Orange County. He is a non-traditional artist who specializes in characters and portraits and frequently adds a shade of gold into his murals. LEBA has come from nothing and has everything to gain as he competes for the prize and his chance to open his own paint shop in the downtown LA area.