Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong is a British-Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico City in 1970. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Leong’s work includes the series Cities, a detailed depiction of urban formations throughout the globe, from medieval towns to recent constructions, that together form a picture of the world at this particular moment in time at the beginning of the twenty-first century; Horizons, an international collection of images of natural terrains and urban landscapes that considers the relationships between far and near, foreign and familiar; and History Images, which examines the erasure of history and the reshaping of society through the built environment.
Works from these series are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico; and group exhibitions including An Atlas of Events at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the 2006 Havana Biennial, New Photography at the High Museum of Art, the 2004 Taipei Biennial, and Painting as Paradox at Artists Space.
Leong spent his childhood in Mexico City, London, and Los Angeles. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1987 to 1989, and received a B.A. and the Eisner Prize in Photography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 1998. In 2005, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2018, he received the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize. His books include History Images (Steidl, 2006), Horizons (Hatje Cantz, 2014), and the forthcoming Paris, Novembre (Steidl).