Leanne Shakenovsky was born in 1986 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. Following this, she spent time in London and worked on cruise ships as an art associate for Park West Gallery. On her return to Johannesburg in 2011, Leanne began working as a cataloguer and junior paintings specialist for Strauss and Co-Fine Art Auctioneers and consultants. This greatly informed her art practice. Leanne left Strauss and Co in May 2013 in order to pursue her career as an artist. She has exhibited in several group shows and and presently lives in Johannesburg where she works from her Assemblage studio in Newtown. Leanne is currently working on various projects, although glitter, Perspex and laser cut wood remains her primary media.