Leon van den Eijkel was born 1940 at The Hague, Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, 1958-1963. In 1967 he moved to Leiden. He arrived in New Zealand in 1986, and lived in Wellington from 1986 until 1998. He now lives on Waiheke Island, Auckland.

Leon van den Eijkel has exhibited widely in Europe, the USA and in New Zealand where he is represented in major public and private collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. In 1998 he completed a major outdoor sculpture for the Keystone Trust Sculpture Project at The Farm, Auckland. NZ.

His more recent works include the following.

For the past 20 years van den Eijkel has produced light-boxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations that utilise reflective surfaces and colours, and are often based on his continuing dialogue between his homeland and the Pacific. Currently he is working on his Crosses,Windmills, Baubles and Urban Trees series. The distinctive nature of Urban Trees means they are unique, and by placing these rare trees in our environment we contribute to their survival.