Like an Old Master draftsman, Longo achieves an extremely emotional range through his use of chiaroscuro. His Photorealist drawings are based on images borrowed from the world around him, being media containing a political and social statement, or nature and mysteries. His drawings come across like paintings due to their monumental scale.
Leo represents one of the artist's largest scale charcoal drawings. Longo portrays here the majestic all-powerful ruler of the jungle, devoid of location and color, in its exploding power and emotional and physical forces.
“I think I make art for brave eyes. I don't want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that's much more confronting. You don't look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it.„