Recent & Upcoming Exhibitions:
Summertide -Group show at RK Gallery. Riebeek Kasteel - December 2019
Flourish - Solo - September 2019 at Aity Gallery, Franschhoek
FNB Joburg Art Fair - September 2018
Harlem Fine Arts Show - New York -March 2018
Leila Fanner is a painter and illustrator.
"I live and work in a small little village in the Western Cape of South Africa.
My style of painting is split evenly between abstract expressionism and figuration, tending towards the illustrative.
A certain bohemian and feminine whimsy tends to come through in my creativity, which is strongly influenced by my love for esoteric philosophy, the symbolic language of dreams and the captivating organic forms of nature."
Leila graduated from The JHB National School of the Arts and held her first solo at age 23.
She is organic in her workflow and remains free of scholastic rules in her approach to creativity and self expression.
Her non-figurative and figurative work shows a layering of influences from the symbolists of the Vienna Secession to modernist and contemporary art movements. Leila is an intuitive painter. The range of emotions, love, the mysteries of life and the feminine perspective inform her work. The forms and structures of the natural world become her means of expression.