Painter, printmaker and sculptor Leon Bibel was born in 1913 in San Francisco, California. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts and received a scholarship to study under the German Impressionist, Maria Riedelstein. Bibel collaborated with Bernard Zackheim, a pupil of Diego Rivera, to create frescoes for the San Francisco Jewish Community Center and the University of California Medical School.
Bibel left California in 1936 to join the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project at the Harlem Art Center in New York City. His participation in the W.P.A. ended in 1941 and he moved to South Brunswick, New Jersey. Bibel ceased his artistic pursuits in 1942 to become a chicken farmer, a career he would retain for the next twenty years, as he felt he could not support his family as an artist. He resumed his artistic work in the 1960s, exploring various mediums including painting and sculpture. He continued to work and exhibit until his death in 1995.