Leila spends her time in her studio where she paints, sculpts and brings to life the things that move her:

  • Her sculptures of ‘Ladies’, captured in an often-transient position reminiscent of Cartier-Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’, glorify the feminine body in all its splendor.
  • Her ‘Imprint’ bronze sculptures are abstract representations of moods and emotions.
  • The ‘Legacy’ pieces are a comic – or sad – showcase of our legacy to our children.
  • Her installations in ‘Undoing’ contemplate the ‘what if not’, or what could have been if no nuclear attack, for example, had wiped Hiroshima.
  • In ‘Freedom Fighters’ Leila questions the Burqa and Hijab without the need to confine women into categories, whether their choice falls in line with hers or is drastically different. She investigates the Burqa as a symbolic and graphic representation of a façade. She experiments with this shield by taking a walk in these women’s shoes and questions whether religious signs have risen exponentially to fill the empty gaps in people’s confused identities. She questions whether false interpretations and prejudice against Islamic doctrines have been highly manipulated through the Burqa as a visual choice. Her artwork highlights possible repercussions of these manipulations that dominate our current political and social arena. The abundance of her work throughout the years culminated in a few high-brow exhibitions.

Leila grew up surrounded by art. Her father is an avid collectector and her mother a multi-media artist herself. After applying herself to a variety of art programs throughout her adolescence, she took a serious step at age 18 when she attended Atelier Jacques D’Anton et Met de Penninghen in Paris. She then went to the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Graphiques, followed by two years at Parsons School of Design, Paris campus and New York.