Leonora is the descendant of a distinguished line of painters, both parents were artists. Her Italian name comes from her father, a Milanese painter, who in turn was the son of Aldo Carpi a well-known early 20th century Italian artist. Her mother, Luce Turnier, was the first established Haitian woman painter.
Born in Haiti and educated in France, Leonora then moved to London where she studied and worked for several years as a picture restorer. She then moved to Rome where she did a degree at the prestigious Roman school of Art Restoration (Istituto Italiano per l’Arte l’Artigianato e il Restauro). For 30 years she worked as a restorer for art dealers, and the Roman Board of Artistic and Historic Assets on restoration sites (Villa Medici, Musei Capitolini in Rome, Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples).
In the early 1990s, after her mother’s death, she began painting in conjunction with her work as a restorer.
In 2016, she moved back to Paris where she now essentially devotes herself to painting, exploring the effects of colour and light from one canvas to the next. Her brush strokes are accurate, trained by years of precision restoring paintings.
Leonora’s work has been shown in Paris and Los Angeles.