Leila Fanner

Date:01 August, 2017

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Was born in Los Angeles, California to a South African artist and an African American musician. She was raised in Pilgrims Rest, South Africa and currently lives and works from her home studio in Riebeek Kasteel.

She studied at the Johannesburg National School of Art, Ballet, Drama and Music where she received a Best Actress award at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Play Festival. She trained as a Graphic Designer, later managed the Pilgrims Rest Art Studio and Gallery, and held her first exhibition “Faux Masters” in 1993. Most of her art training has been informal, being raised within the artistic atmosphere of an artist’s household was her biggest influence and education into the world of art.

Leila’s  first exhibition project – at the age of 23 – was the rendering of water-colours of the popular works of the great master painters such as Gauguin, Klimt and Van Gogh, reproduced in miniature. She went on to hold other exhibitions in between working, traveling and raising her first son.

Before taking up her craft full-time, Leila worked as a Decorative Painter for interior designers, a Graphic Designer for ad agencies and a Promotions Director for Conde Nast Magazines.

Her last position was within the corporate world working as a Senior Art Director and Production Director at Woolworths for 7 years, during which time she started her first of many commissions for an international client. She left full-time employment after the birth of her second son.

Leila focused on abstract art for a couple of years, before moving into figurative work, nature studies and photography.

Her work is private collections in France, Germany, the US and England.

First exhibition: ‘Faux Masters’ White River – 1993

First Solo Exhibition: ‘Superwomen’ held at the Kunsthouse Gallery in Kloof Street, Cape Town – 2008.

Group exhibition with Vanessa Berlein and Claire Berlein – 2009