After growing up on the road in New York, Florida and Michigan, Leon Grodski de Barrera earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Binghamton University and his M.A. in English Education from Columbia University. In 1996 he spent one year living in Cologne, Germany, where he discovered Dada, frequented Museum Ludwig, assembled collages, learned the invigoration of total immersion in the foreign and how to sleep in a train or park. In 1998, he lived in Paris, France and spent his days at the movies and his nights at Café Cithea. Upon his return to New York, Leon began working in the multimedia industry. In September, 2001 Leon created The Sushi Bar to join his work as a producer and as an artist. Under the title The Sushi Bar, Grodski de Barrera creates artworks, writes and produces installations and films for other artists. After a stint as an artist in residence he lived and worked near the Qualla Boundary in the mountains of North Carolina from 2004 to 2010.
In December, 2010, Leon and his wife Areli founded Cocoa Cinnamon in order to craft the experience of coffee, chocolate, tea and spice, aiming to take daily steps to use commerce to create the world in which they want to live.
Artist Contact: leon (at) the-sushi-bar.com