Ingrid Leeds was born in Munch, Germany into a family that had been in the antique trade for generations. She moved from Germany to Cuba in 1940 and came to the US in 1946. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, she lived in New York where she attended the New School for Social Research and in Indiana.
Leeds helped found the Spectrum Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC. She also was a founder of the Torpedo Factory art center in Alexandria, VA where she maintained her studio.
Her paintings were focused on abstract seascapes, musical and scientific themes.
She created paintings and illustrations for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) publications. She also created art featuring molds of a boot used during a walk on the surface of the moon. NASA also arranged for her to witness rocket launches, which she featured in her art.