Lidia Leon Cabral was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1962. AS a child she showed signs of artistic talent and was captivated by nature. During her teenage years she embraced photography and was inseparable from her Olympus 35mm camera. She received training in developing black and white film in Massachusetts, and color at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York.
In 1987 she obtained her architecture degree from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo. Over the next 10 years, she worked on design and construction of a range of projects. At the time, she was blessed with the births of Lidia Amalia and Luis José Viyella León.
In 1996 Lidia became involved in the family businesses related to Grupo León Jimenes. She worked at Henla as president of the Family Council and member of the Administrative Council. Her greatest contribution in the Dominican Republic and with the Dominican community abroad were made in her role as Executive Director of the E. León Jimenes Foundation. She is well known for being a cultural promoter through her links with Centro León’s cultural, artistic and environmental programs.
Creativity and artistic expression have been a constant feature of Lidia’s life. In 2004 she released “Reflejos del Alma” a debut album in which her poems were first set to music by Hector Martinez Cabruja and sung by Dominican tenor Francisco Casanova. A year later, Casanova performed the songs in the concert “Cuando se quiere de veras”, at the National Theater of Santo Domingo. In 2007 Lidia released her second CD, “Amor encendido”. This time, the music producer Jochy Sanchez, selected a diversity of genres, including bachata, salsa, ballad, and created a fusion of rhythms performed by various artists.
In 2013 she participated in the 27th National Visual Arts Biennial in Santo Domingo with the installation “The Art of Swimming / DNA”. That same year her composition of 12 self-portrailt: “Between Glances… Me”, received an honorary mention in the First Santo Domingo Drawing Biennial.
Lidia is currently focused on personal and collective artistic growth. She is exploring various techniques, specially in 3D. She identifies creativity, as the manifestation that brings us closer to our spiritual being, revealing the interconnectedness between us and the whole.