Leonard Matsoso was born in Pimville, Soweto in 1949. From 1962 to 1970, Matsoso studied art at the Jubilee Art Centre under Cecil Skotnes, Sydney Kumalo, Bill Hart and Ezrom Legae. Leonard Matsoso preferred to draw. In the mid 1970’s he began to work in colour. His images are figments conjured in his mind’s eye, men and beasts enacting themes from tribal history, rituals or myth. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1971. In 1972 he studied at the Bill Ainslie Studio and traveled to France, Italy and England.
Matsoso’s art is an enigmatic one, an art imbued with presence that frequently makes no obvious literal statement. In 1973 Matsoso won Special Award for Drawing. Matsoso, worked for the SABC as a graphic Artist for a few years in the early 1980’s.