Born in Vitebsk, Russia, Leon Shulman Gaspard became an important artist of the American Southwest. As a teenager, he first studied under a noted Impressionist artist in Vitebsk along with classmate Marc Chagall. Gaspard went on to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. Returning to Russia, he painted there for a few years with this new bride. These paintings brought him attention when show in Paris.
In 1916, Leon Shulman Gaspard moved to the United States and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Vanderbilt Gallery. Gaspard still traveled extensively to paint during his lifetime even though he and his wife settled permanently in Taos, New Mexico in 1918. Taos became a well known international art center and had developed the Taos Society of Artists, but unlike his fellow contemporary artists Leon Shulman Gaspard continued to paint based on his distant travels and his home country of Russia. His work has been collected privately and is included in numerous public collections as well.