ABOUT LEILA

Leila [ lee-la ] is an abstract artist and award-winning designer based in Boston, MA. Her surface pattern designs are born from remixing and reimagining her black and white ink drawings into bold, colorful, unusual patterns that muse on playful scale and color combinations alongside an exploration of rhythm and movement.

Her work can be found on textiles, wallpaper, homewares, book covers and other objects to surround yourself with.

The exploration methods that create her patterns have become a trademark. She is known for combining elements into surprising relationships, made from a meditative dream space, inspired by her curiosity about the universe, and with respect for what we can’t see. Leila’s attention to precision and structure, combined with her understanding of improvisation and movement, is the combination that creates her artistic signature.

For twenty years, Leila has partnered with visionaries and powerful thinkers as a graphic designer, helping them bring their visions to life in print, in galleries, in museum exhibitions, and online. As Creative Director at ICA/Boston, she was responsible for the artful evolution of a world-class brand. Leila worked for some of America’s most treasured and renowned creative and educational institutions including Harvard University, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

When not immersed in shape, color and pattern, Leila spends her time crafting bluesy rock songs with her band, hiking the local woodsy loops near Boston, and raising two kiddos with her science teacher sweetie.

color and form

"Bespoke patterns with beautiful energy and layering, Leila is a master of color and form. It was a delight see the inspiration, process, and conceptual thinking behind her stunning work."

Lizzie Vaughan
Art Director, Chronicle Books

unique mark-making

"Leila presents a really arresting selection of patterns. She has a bold, confident use of color and interesting, unique mark-making. It is really confident work.."

Janine Vangool
Editor, UPPERCASE Magazine

bold patterns

"Not only is she a beautiful person, Leila has been a delight to work with. I discovered Leila’s bold patterns and beautiful work when I needed her the most!."

Michelle Pohler
Founder, Hello Fears

Clients

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

New Orleans Museum of Art

Smith College Museum of Art

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Chronicle Books

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

VIA Art Fund

Awards + Press

Create! Magazine

Origin Magazine

UPPERCASE Magazine

Design*Sponge

AAM Museum Publication Design Award

Horizon Interactive Award

HOW InHouse Design Award