David Le Batard (Lebo) was born in New York City in 1972 to Cuban religious exiles. He was raised in South Florida, surrounded by Cuban art, which had a great influence on his artistic style. Starting in childhood, Lebo was fascinated by cartoons and creating artwork of his own. While in school, he dedicated his free time to teaching himself to draw and learning different forms of art such as archaic brush techniques, ancient calligraphy, and classic cartoon drawing.
David “Lebo” Le Batard is born in New York City to Cuban immigrant parents.
Moved to Southern Florida
Lebo and his family reside in southern Florida.
Passion For Art Begins
Lebo’s passion for art begins at the age of 8 from a love of drawing.
Lebo graduates from Florida International University and took resident at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida. It’s around this time he begins painting and working on a larger scale.
First Public Exhibit
Lebo’s rise to success begins with his first public exhibit at Johnson and Wales University.
Official Artwork for Latin Grammy Awards
Lebo creates the official artwork for the Latin Grammy Awards.
Commissioned for Norwegian Getaway Cruise Ship Artwork
Lebo is commissioned to design and paint the hull artwork for the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway.
Named Cultural Ambassador Along With His Brother
Lebo and his brother, Dan Le Batard, are dubbed cultural ambassadors by the Miami New Times in its annual People issue.
“What I really strive for is to paint pictures that are beautiful, and I think that is a noble enough pursuit in and of itself, but within that, really trying to infuse them with a sense of spirituality, hopefulness, and things that speak to entire parts of the human experience.”