An abstract and figurative artist, whose work is influenced by mid-century modern styles, abstract expressionism and spiritual folk art of the world. Born in California to a South African artist and an African American musician, She was raised in South Africa and currently works from her studio in Riebeek West.
Leila is both a figurative and an abstract painter. Her creative inspiration is interwoven with dreams and personal dream symbols. Using the natural world as her subject, she explores her relationship with the material realm from both a metaphysical and spiritual viewpoint.
After her studies at the Johannesburg National School of the Arts, she took private tuition in both graphic design and watercolour painting, holding her first exhibition ‘Faux Masters’ at the age of 23. Her work has appeared in British Vogue Gallery 2015. Her most recent exhibitions were ‘Solo Studio’s’ in the Riebeek Valley in July 2016 and ‘Flowers In Art’ exhibition at the Cas- tle of Good Hope as well as ‘Unify’ at Aity Gallery in Franschhoek in September 2016. Leila’s art is in private collections in South Africa, Germany, France, Kenya, England and the USA.