Leila Valencia is an artist whose work has been influenced by many movements throughout history. Some of the styles that most influence her work include, abstract expressionism, impressionism, surrealism, cubism, and minimalism. With the use of color and line she is able to capture the desired mood with mediums such as painting, pastel, charcoal, photography, and printmaking. Experimentation and spontaneity are key to Leila’s work.
Growing up in a Hispanic home in a diverse community, as well as traveling throughout the country, has exposed Leila Valencia to many artists, people, ideas and beliefs. In 2011, after graduating high school, she joined the military then relocated to Illinois where Leila attended McHenry County College working as an Art Gallery Assistant while completing her degree in studio art. In 2016, she transferred to University of the Pacific where she earned her BFA in the studio arts in 2019, and is currently working on her MFA in single subject art education.
Artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Jenny Saville, George Condo, and Willem de Kooning influence Leila’s work, allowing her mind to grow and to fuse the old with the new. As Picasso once stated, “Good artist borrow, great artist steal” by learning from old styles and applying that to current events, Leila is able to apply different techniques and hopefully one day achieve her own signature style.
Leila’s work explores life beyond appearance and physical matter. It has a darker essence that creates mystery and expresses a sense of discomfort. The goal of her work is to create mood, a reenactment through the five senses. For you to smell what it feels like to be in that environment and trigger some kind of emotion or memory through the atmosphere of the artwork