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Leila Rose Fanner is a painter and illustrator. Born to a South African artist and an African American musician, she was raised in South Africa and currently works from her studio in Riebeek Kasteel.

 Leila is both a figurative and an abstract painter. Her creative inspiration is interwoven with her spiritual journey and personal dream symbols. Depicting dream-like natural settings for her silhouetted female figures, she explores her personal relationship with the material realm through a metaphysical and spiritual lens.

Her primary focus is on the meditative journey of creating a piece of art, which she feels is part of the appeal of the final piece.

​After her studies at the Johannesburg National School of the Arts, she took private tuition in both graphic design and water-colour painting, holding her first exhibition at the age of 23.

 Her work has appeared in numerous art publications, Harlem Fine Arts  Magazine, Vogue Gallery and Art Africa to name a few. Her most recent exhibitions : 

Empire State of Mind, NEW YORK, September 2023 by CK GALLERY

154 Art Fair, LONDON October 2023

Noteworthy Acquisitions include:

  • The Bunker Artspace, The Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, West Palm Beach, Miami

  • Bill Gautreaux Collection, Kansas City

  • CCH Pounder Collection

  • AMOCA, Artistic Museum of Contemporary Art, Wales, United Kingdom

  • The Schulting Art Collection

  • The Wright Art Collection

Leila’s work is held in private collections in South Africa, Germany, France, Kenya, England, Ireland and the USA.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Cape Town Art Fair, 2023

17 - 19  February 2023

Empire State of Mind, NEW YORK opening exhibition - Carole Kvasnevski Gallery

7-9 September 2023

154,Art Fair LONDON 

12 -15 October 2023

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