• (2018-2021) BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins - UAL, London, UK


  • confessions, 2023, at lismore castle arts, Lismore, ie
  • means, 2023, at bermondsey project space, London, UK
  • Estudo do Meio (18+), 2023, with Purga, at Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisbon, PT
  • Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, 2022, with Ridley Road Project Space, at Second Home London Fields, London, UK
  • Staying Alive, 2022, at DuplexAIR, Lisbon, PT
  • MELTDOWN, 2022, at Ridley Road Project Space, London, UK
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, at South London Gallery, London, UK
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, at Firstsite Art Gallery, Colchester, UK
  • Entre o Real e a Imagem, 2021, at Casa do Capitão, Lisbon, PT
  • A Hunted Time, 2021, at Casa do Capitão, Lisbon, PT
  • SPNDRFT, 2021, at ArtSect Gallery, London, UK
  • I WILL TAKE THE RISK, 2020, at AZAN space, part of LisbonArtWeekend, Lisbon, PT
  • SALE: Tate Exchange 2020, at Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Come Together: Tate Exchange 2019, at Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Wonky Donky, 2018, at Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
  • Crypt O' Night, 2017 at Saint Giles Church, London, UK


  • The Voices Film Series Presents: Queer Stories, 2022, at Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK 
  • You are a letter, written not with ink, but with the Spirit, 2019, at Brotéria - Cineclube Aberto, Lisbon, PT
  • You are a letter, written not with ink, but with the Spirit, 2019, at Queer Film Festival 2019, Lisbon, PT


  • Brotéria: Dezembro 2022, visual essay Spasmus Spei
  • Pilot Press: Responses to Pale Blue Dot (1990) by Voyager, https://
  • Conversations Zine,
  • Electra Magazine 5: YOUTH,


  • FN/S002, FIELDNOTES, 2022. A radio broadcast at https://
  • David Leal + Nina Danino, The Spiritual Exercises 2, 2021. A collaboration with the artist Nina Danino at
  • Speaking in Tongues, 2020, part of a performance-based project devised by Fine Art students of Central Saint Martins developed in a partnership with The National Gallery, London’s Learning &  National Programmes.
  • The Spiritual Exercises, 2020, at 


  • In Conversation: Christopher Bond and David Leal: 05/07/2022. Hosted by Art/Work Association (A/WA) and AutoItalia, London, UK.
  • Religion & Art Forum, Session 6: 18/10/2021. Hosted by the Art Department, Goldsmiths and moderated by Nina  Danino (Goldsmiths College) & Mark Dean (Arts Chaplaincy Projects). At


  • Project Support Program - Internationalisation Grant, DGARTES, 2023, PT 
  • International Circulation Grant, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2023, PT
  • Selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021
  • Selected for «Artists in early career stage» category, Center.Stage, RU
  • Shortlisted for Metro Imaging x Made in Arts London Mentorship 2021, UK
  • Shortlisted for the Mead Fellowship Awards 2021, UK

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