Photo of Leslie Kuo

I am a designer and translator. I use images, language and the web to engage with communities in change and changing communities.

I grew up in California, then studied biology and art at Yale, where I worked at a traditional, student-run printing press and the library’s Art of the Book collection and also did graphic design for WYBC 1340am, the free-format college radio station. Next, I got my start as an artist and designer in New Haven on the team of the non-profit art center Artspace.

In 2006, I moved to Berlin to be part of the ever-changing, creative city and open my own studio in Friedrichshain. Here, I’ve worked on commissions from Berlin, the US and beyond, as well as my own art projects. After spending 2014-2016 back in the US working in the Hawaii State Public Library System, I have recently moved my studio back to Berlin.

When not in the studio I can usually be found cooking or trying new restaurants, as well as exploring farmer’s markets, flea markets, parks and side streets. I also like getting immersed in the local culture of other places, for example, by spending a week foraging in rural Brandenburg or learning to surf in Andalucia. Wherever I go, I bring back images, notes and ideas with me.


art: Cramer Peterson / Guy Königstein /  Johanna BresnickKevin Van Aelst / Köbberling & KaltwasserLisa Kereszi / Nadin Reschke / Tim Davis

design: Ankestrick / Dorothee Hübner / Elena Grossman / Mieko Ishihara / Phoebe KuoMegan Mock / MultiversoRecapturistTimothy Gambell

food: Culinary MisfitsMarkthalle IX / Ökomarkt am KollwitzplatzRhee Food LabTürkischen Markt

music, magazines & more… Balkon & Garten / Berlin Reified / Can Kickers / Lys Guillorn /  Marko Förstel / Sara Bouchard / Slow Travel Berlin / Union Street Preservation Society

Selected Exhibitions


Long Shot, Photocenter NW, Seattle, USA


Die Weiße Residenz: Künstlerische Fotografien der Gropiusstadt 2002-2012, Kulturamt Neukölln, Berlin

Shiny Pop, ArtspaceNew Haven, CT, USA


Urban Plant Research in Residence, Open Source, New York (two-woman show)


Glück Gehabt: Kunst im Untergrund, presented by the NGBK in subway stations across Berlin

Bei Durchreise Ankunft, Projektraum Alte Feuerwache, Berlin


Flatfile: New Acquisitions, Artspace, New Haven

2006 Invitational, John Slade Ely House, New Haven

Images, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, CT, USA


Local, Grand Projects, New Haven

Close to Home, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven


Photowork ‘04, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

Fact / Fiction, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven