Leopoldo Peña was born in Michoacán, México and has lived in Los Ángeles since 1992. He is a founding member of Colectivo Bajalta, a photo collective organized to promote photography and create a dialog between documentary photographers in the three Californias.
Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Irvine. He received a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2012. He also works as a freelance photographer/language educator and on personal photo projects and spends most of his free time with his son.
The focus of his photographic work is the documentation of cultural performance in California by immigrant communities from Oaxaca and the creation of images exploring the symbolism of human-made elements imposed on the natural landscape.
His work has been published in La Opinión, Al Borde, Derive, Grey Magazine, Retina, NACLA: Report on the Americas, B/W Magazine and El Tequio.