Born in Rotorua, McLeod graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland in 1998 and continues to live and practice in Auckland. This contemporary painter, digital artist and printmaker is known for his atmospheric and brightly rendered, surrealist-realist dreamscapes. NZ abstractionists Theo Schoon and Gordon Walters are important influences on McLeod’s work, particularly in his use of vacuous spaces devoid of perspective, scale and shadow. McLeod also uses cut-out, weightless objects from both mythic and mundane origin which proliferate on architectural structures such as window panes. McLeod has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo Brazil in 2006.