Born 1940, The Hague, Netherlands. Studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, 1958-1963. In 1967 he moved to Leiden. Arrived in New Zealand in1986. Lived in Wellington from 1986 till 1998 now residing in Henderson, Auckland.
Leon van den Eijkel has exhibited widely in Europe, the USA and in New Zealand where he is represented in many major public and private collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Te papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.
For the past 28 years van den Eijkel has produced lightboxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations that utilize reflective surfaces and colours that are often based on his continuing dialogue between his homeland and the Pacific.
Currently he is working on his “Crosses”, “Windmills”, “Baubles”, “Urban Trees” Series and “Readymade Sculptures”.