Leo van Heijningen (1955) is an art historian and the gallery owner of Kunstzaal van Heijningen in The Hague. After studying art history in Leiden, he trained as a draughtsman and graphic artist at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
In this way he gained the insight that all good art grows out of 'ability' or in other words from a highly developed ability to design. To be able to paint you must also be able to draw. But technique alone is not enough; there must also be something in the painter's work that is difficult to grasp, and which we then call 'art'.
Van Heijningen's gallery is known for its presentations of contemporary art based on the perception of the world around us.