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1991 - 2022


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1991 - 2000

León Tovar made his incursion into the art world as an art gallerist in the early 90s.


He founded his own gallery Tovar & Tovar in Bogotá, Colombia, back in 1991 with a presentation of works by Sol LeWitt and Bernar Venet. He continued creating exhibitions on renowned artists like Josef Albers, Carlos Rojas, Luis Camnitzer, Dennis Oppenheim, and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar. 

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First gallery Tovar & Tovar in Bogotá, Colombia

2001 - 2010


16 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021

In 2002, León Tovar decided to move his business to New York City, opening an exhibition space on the Upper East Side, on East 71st St., named Leon Tovar Gallery.


His gallery was one of the first spaces to exhibit the geometric, kinetic, mathematical, and minimal art concepts (known today as geometrical abstraction) practiced by Latin American artists at the time. 


His relationship with many artists, like Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Marisol, Carlos Rojas, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, and Latin American art exhibits in renowned museums in New York City helped Leon Tovar create a global interest in Latin American art and modernism.