Leopoldo Peña was born in Michoacán, México and has lived in Los Angeles since 1992. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from University of California, Irvine. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Davis. He is also a language justice interpreter and independent photographer. He spends most of his free time with his son and daughter.
His photographic work is centered on immigration and modern environment. He works on long-term documentary projects with an emphasis on cultural performance. His landscape work accentuates a human-intervened environment.
He has exhibited at the Fowler Museum, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, The Latino Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the UCR/California Museum of Photography. His work is archived at the Los Angeles Library and has appeared in Boom California, La Jornada, StreetNotes, La Opinión, Al Borde, Derive, Grey Magazine, Retina, NACLA: Report on the Americas, B/W Magazine and El Tequio.