Leila’s an Iranian-Colombian artist who was born in New York City, but raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving back to the U.S. after graduating from Tehran’s Islamic Azad University Law School in 2000. After moving to Florida in 2005 and practicing real estate for 9 years, she took a break from her business to take art classes, where she met artist and professor Dana Roes, and decided to academically pursue her long-time passion for the arts. In 2017, Leila joined the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island as a full-time staff member.
She’s in a band called Leila M. and Tired of Triangles. Her bio ends with this quote about herself: “As predictable as she thinks she is, no one can predict what her next work will be.”