He was born Francisco Tomás de San Juan Bautista Márquez y Sánchez on 24 June 1864, in Alpandeire, Spain, a small village in the province of Málaga. At the age of 35 he decided to embrace religious life.
Leopoldo became a Spanish Capuchin friar whose devotion is very popular among people in southern Spain. His life was not distinguished for any spectacular work but rather for its simplicity, his kindness and generosity (especially towards the most deprived persons). He spent the majority of his life in Granada, city where its people still remember and celebrate him as a testimony of Christian life.
Quite why his statue was brought to Bigastro, I cannot say.