David was born and raised in Mexico City and received
a degree and employment in International Relations.
However, he had also painted since his teens, and eventually
headed to the acclaimed San Carlos Academy of Art to
study mural painting with Arnold Belkin and other masters.
Belkin, who went on to achieve international acclaim,
had emigrated from Canada in the 50?s to study with
David Alfaro Siqueros, one of the famous trio, along
with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, who had
elevated mural painting in Mexico to the status of being
one of the great art movements of the Twentieth Century.
Belkin conveyed to Leonardo a sensibility that the muralists
shared, a belief in the power of culture to have a positive
influence, both on individuals, groups and even nations.
All together Leonardo has painted tweleve major murals
himself, five of them in San Miguel de Allende at such
places as the City Hall, Public Library and the famous
art and language school, El Instituto de Allende. His
themes range from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, the
Mexican Revolution with Spain and the History of the
Aztecs, among others.