Leilani Bustamante: Painting a State of Transcendence

To look upon the works of New York resident Leilani Bustamante is to enter a world where ritual and resurrection collide with sacred longing. Born in Santa Rosa, California, and graduate of the Academy of Art University, Bustamante’s paintings combine symbolic portraiture with a mixture of osteological themes that take the viewer into strange realities and eerie fantasies.

From Arthur Rimbaud and Patrick Bateman to Snow White and the Evil Queen, the mournful tones of her subjects communicate a sense of spirituality flanked with wistful macabre. Integrating a sepia palette of acrylic and gouache on wood panel, the ghostly deities and creatures of nature possess a haunting beauty as thought-provoking as it is sensual.

A collection of Leilani Bustamante’s work will be on display at Modern Eden Gallery’s On Beauty: International Group Exhibition, which runs from May 10 – June 7, 2014. Keep an eye out for additional show openings, scheduled in June and July.

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Internationally exhibited artist and creator of Wooden Ophelia, Bella Harris is not only the Online Editor at Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, she also oversees all staff writers and helps support website functionality and development. As a contributing writer for the website, active copy editor, and editorial photographer, she plays a vital role in the growth of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine while working closely with advertisers and artists. Wooden Ophelia is a contemporary collection of original moon designs, handmade woodwork, artwork furnishings, and sacred crystals... all to enchant your home.


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