Chantal Lesley is a conceptual photographer living and working in Austin, TX. Lesley is a multicultural, first-generation American originally born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located along the U.S./Mexico border. Being the daughter of immigrants, having cultural backgrounds from both Germany and Peru has inflicted a feeling of being stretched between four cultures and has led her to confront ideas that focus on identity and sociological contemporary issues in her work.
Lesley has recently acquired her BFA in Fine Art Photography from Texas State University, and her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and the US. Selected shows include Houston Center for Photography, (Houston, TX); Craighead Green Gallery, (Dallas, TX); Touchstone Gallery, (Washington D.C); and Humble Arts Foundation, (New York City, NY).
Lesley was recognized as an Honorable Mention recipient of the Lenscratch Student Prize in 2021, and will be exhibiting her first solo show titled En Medio de la Nostalgia in 2022. In May 2022 Lesley was the Artist in Residence at LATITUDE (Chicago, IL).