Amadeus Leitner was born and raised in Chimayo, a small town in Northern New Mexico enveloped by inspiring landscapes and known for its artistic and cultural history. Growing up with a love for the landscape surrounding him he started expressing his appreciation when he was given a 35mm Nikon FE2 by his mentor in photography, Don Usner. He honed his skills in the darkroom while in high school and then went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of New Mexico while avidly pursuing his personal passion for photography.
Of his protégée, Usner said: “Amadeus demonstrates superb technical abilities in many creative endeavors, from architecture to graphic design, but it is in his photography that the finely honed technical skill meshes with a keen aesthetic sensibility to produce art on a high level. He has a remarkable talent for finding subtle yet powerful subject matter (especially in landscapes), photographing it with an acute eye for composition, and rendering images in exquisite fine prints. … He is truly a rising, shining star in the New Mexico art scene.”
Amadeus makes it his livelihood to venture into the vast and varied high desert to experience and photograph the dynamic landscapes and skyscapes of New Mexico and the southwest United States. With a passion for natural beauty, conservation land ethics, and a continuous pursuit of technical precision in photography, he works to ever expand and enrich his practice of fine art photography. In 2011, he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for his exceptional work in capturing and sharing the enchanting beauty of New Mexico.