Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, Leyla Akdogan moved to Los Angeles to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Southern California. After graduation & a summer abroad studying art history & Italian she went to Manhattan to study jewelry design at the Gemological Institute of America. In 2005 Leyla relocated to the tiny countryside town of Lacoste, France where she studied illustration at Savannah College of Art & Design's extension campus & interned with renowned illustrator Daniel Adel.
She returned to Los Angeles in the summer of 2007 & continued her studies, taking graphic novel illustration with Bernard Chang (Marvel Comics, DC Comics) at Art Center in Pasadena. She began showing in events & galleries around town including Gallery Nucleus, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Create:Fixate & Cannibal Flower. In 2008 she became a resident artist at The Hive Gallery & Studios (Best Gallery/Downtown News 2007) where she had her first Featured Artist show this past July. Leyla's work has recently been published on the Summer 2010 cover of Pop Surrealism Magazine & featured in an interview by cartoonist Jack Enyart on LA Artstream.
These days Leyla spends most of her time between the rolling hills of Echo Park and the shifting cityscape of downtown LA creating intricate worlds in watercolor & ink inspired greatly by myth, fairytale, & vigilant daydreaming...
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