Statement & Bio
My world is a delicate balance of opposing forces
and the tensions created where they meet.
I believe this polarity to be the driving force behind existence,
and the ways in which it is expressed lead to the creation
of perceivable beauty and emotional connection.
Painting, I catch myself saying things I didn't know I meant,
finding sought-after truths in that desired suspension
between perfectly executed desire and absolute surrender.
With an eye for sacred geometry and poetic conjunction, Layil creates compositions intended to draw the viewer into the energetic space, communicating Truth through Illusion and revealing an impassioned enthrallment with the Natural World.
Layil's work has an evolving style, grounded in tradition, with influences including Classical Naturalism, the Secession movement, Comics & SciFi, Street art, and Calligraphy. There is a Visionary aspect, as it relays the Mythical and Occult realities, while embodying these in everyday elements and natural objects of beauty.
Layil Umbralux was born in Paris, to Argentine parents of Italian descent. Her artistic tendencies stem from a young age, and nature has long been a focal point of her fascination. Early exposures to fantasy, science fiction and mythology have shaped her understanding of the world and are evident in her images and storytelling.
Raised in Northern California, she elected to skip high school to pursue an art vocation at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Two years later, she transferred to New York City’s School of Visual Arts to complete her Illustration BFA, taking a special interest in comics and an internship at Marvel Entertainment. Layil moved to Barcelona in 2002 where she spent 3 years independently developing her art studies and enjoying the city’s ambiance and artistic history. From there, she traveled around Europe, collaborating on art education workshops which resulted in her 2005 return to San Francisco and 2 formative years enrolled at what later became the Safehouse Atelier.
Studio Umbralux went on to be a resident at the Safehouse Studios facility in SF, where Layil continued to study and create, participating in the Safehouse's legendary group art shows until the building was sold in 2013. Since then, Layil has built her artistic community around the US and abroad, involving herself in event production and art curation. Creative avenues have including forays into screen printing and wearable designs integrating her drawings. She is an active participant in festival culture, bringing art and wearables to various annual events around the West Coast, and making appearances at Bay Area events as a portrait sketch artist. Her classical works currently focus on Plein Air Landscape painting and Commissioned Portraiture.