MEET MARIA LEÃO TORRES, THE FOUNDER AND HEAD DESIGNER OF THE BRAND LEAO CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY®.
Maria Leão Torres (b. 1993) is a Portuguese artist/designer based in Ovar, Portugal.

Maria Leão Torres’ dream to become an artist started in her childhood. She pursuited her aspiration, allied it with her natural skill for metal and love for her birth country surroundings and characters. Maria studied Jewellery and MetalsmithArts in Porto (Portugal) and Contemporary Jewellery in Rochester (UK).

Maria Leão Torres had her work exhibited at PortoJóia, International Fair (Porto), in an European Road Show with the PLE Jewellery Community and was part of the NewDesigners 14 at the Business Design Centre (London, UK).

Maria Leão Torres was also runner up and shortlisted in different awards and competions, taught a plastics workshop at ESAD (Matosinhos, Portugal) and worked with renowned artists such as Olga Noronha.
 
In 2015, Maria Leão Torres’ entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit led her to launch the Jewellery brand, LEAO Contemporary Jewellery®.


In October 2016, Maria Leão Torres was awarded the "Best of by Portojóia" - Best Innovation, Techniques & Materials Prize.