Leon Mostovoy is a transgender artist who has been creating on the front lines of the queer and political art movements for decades. Formerly Tracy, he started his queer art career producing erotic images for On Our Backs magazine in the early 1980s. He has photographed for Quim magazine, created book covers for Leslie Feinberg and Lynda Hart, was featured in Nothing But The Girl, was published numerous times in the NYC Portable Lower East Side and Low Rent anthologies and has created many acclaimed exhibitions (“The Market Street Cinema,” “Naked Women In Public Places,” “Life Force,” “Women Ex-Cons,” and “Death Of My Daughter”). The video short “Death Of My Daughter,” shot as a companion piece to the photo series, has met with international success in the LGBTQ film festivals.
Leon’s most recent projects explore transgender identity, transformation, sexuality, and gender roles in contemporary U.S. society. His earlier photographic series have explored the struggles and triumphs of women as they strive for strength and independence living outside the parameters of heteronormative expectations. He has always worked to create photographs and videos that give a voice to the unheard. His most celebrated art has documented the fight against the AIDS pandemic, sex workers, queer erotic, women ex-cons and transgender men.
His “Death Of My Daughter” installation was shown in Romania in 2011 to encourage awareness and acceptance in/of their transgender community. In 2011, Leon presented his first retrospective, “(My) Queer (R)evolution,” at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has had over 50 shows, including solo and group photography and and multi-media exhibitions.
In addition, he has collaborated with performance artists Divianna Ingravallo, Annie Sprinkle, Julie Tolentino, and Ron Athey, as well as filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, activist Angela Davis, and many more extraordinary people on the revolutionary front.