Leonid Borisov was born in 1943 in Leningrad and graduated from the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1968. In 1975 the artist took part in his first exhibition at the Nevsky Palace of Culture, which was one of the first official exhibitions of non-conformist artists in Leningrad and marked a major milestone in the city's independent culture. A wide variety of artistic movements-- from abstractionism to pop art-- were displayed before the public, which resulted in a major growth of public interest in contemporary art. Evidently, the socio-political environment during this era was conducive to Borisov's creative work. During the late 70'-s Borisov became associated with members of Dvizhenie, as well as artists such as Vladimir Nemukhin and Eduard Steinberg.
Leonid Borisov is well-recognized in Moscow, where his geometric, minimalist style fits more closely within the city's artistic traditions. As stated by Alexander Borovsky, Curator of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum, "Borisov is devoted to geometry. Passionately, if not fanatically. It is in Moscow that the geometrical tradition has been flourishing for the last decades." The artist is an icon of minimalist, geometric non-conformist works. Borisov lives and works in St. Petersburg.