Lorenzo Manuel Durán (Cáceres, Spain, 1969) has grown and lived between Düsseldorf (Germany), Madrid and Guadalajara (Spain). He studied Technical Drawing although he later worked in various fields far from his artistic creativity, and staying for a long time as what they call vertical or rope access worker, in the construction sector.
At age 36, Lorenzo M. Durán found out that he had left aside two of his true passions: art and nature. It was then that he began his journey as a self-taught artist. His awareness came one day, in 2005, when unemployment appeared in his path, providing him with lots of time to think about what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, and then he began living an existential metamorphosis which has turned him into a man who is increasingly aware of his inside, his shadow, and who attempts to communicate with all of that by using his personal tools, in a creative field.
Once Lorenzo took this path he decided to start by the classic Oil on canvas, from which he never entirely separates, but he would get a new inspiration later on (in the summer of 2006) when a caterpillar, eating a leaf, would give him the idea of changing the canvases by plant leaves. That opened a world of possibilities that the artist has been exploring since then.
Failing to find information about "leaf cutting art", back in 2006-2008, Lorenzo developed his own technique for doing it, going through a long trial-and-error process until he found a good way of cutting his designs so that they could be framed and preserved for several years, as any other work of art.