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.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
VIA Art Fund
Awards + Press
AAM Museum Publication Design Award
Horizon Interactive Award
HOW InHouse Design Award