Leslie Friedman was born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, in 1981 and while she currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she considers Providence her home. During the summer of 2002, Leslie learned how to silk-screen at the basement printmaking workshop of the lauded arts non-profit, AS220. She received a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 2005 where she concentrated her studies in political theory and civil liberties.
From 2005 to 2007, Leslie Friedman lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and built a printmaking studio in the historic neighborhood of San Telmo. She describes these years as fundamental to her maturation from poster maker to print artist. In the Fall of 2009, she began an MFA program in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
In 2011, Leslie graduated from the MFA program having taught two semesters of serigraphy. Since graduating from Tyler, Leslie continues to teach a variety of printmaking studio courses and discussion-based seminars at the Tyler BFA Printmaking and Visual Studies programs, The University of the Arts, and Philadelphia University, all in Philadelphia, as well as and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching, Leslie and her fellow Tyler alumna, Daryl Bergman, founded an collectively-run project space in Philadelphia called NAPOLEON, which now has ten members. In 2012, Leslie was named a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in their Career Development Program. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including countries like Korea, China, and Australia. Leslie was a winner of the Fleisher Wind Challenge in 2014 in the sculpture category and looks forward to more installations in the years to come, including a solo-exhibition at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in 2016 when she will unveil all new work.