Chantal Lesley is a conceptual photographer living and working in Austin, TX. Lesley is a multicultural, first-generation American born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located along the U.S./Mexico border. Being the daughter of immigrants from both Germany and Peru has brought upon a feeling of being stretched between four cultures and has led her to confront ideas that focus on identity and contemporary social and political 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 U.S. 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. In 2022, Lesley was the Artist in Residence at LATITUDE (Chicago, IL) and exhibited her first solo show titled En Medio de la Nostalgia in 2022 at the Dougherty Arts Center (Austin, TX).
Upcoming exhibitions for Lesley include MexicArte's Emerging Latinx Artists 26: Histories of Transformation, (Austin, TX), the Woman Made Gallery's Feminist Biennial, (Chicago, IL), and LATITUDE'S 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Chicago Art Department (Chicago, IL).