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The Lotus Eaters & Leila Ataya

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2011

The Lotus Eaters - Dead can Dance (Memento)
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paintings:
Leila Ataya
http://www.leilaataya.com/Welcome.html
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Born in Moscow, Russia in 1979.
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From a very young age Leila's life was strongly influenced by art. She has studied traditional Russian art including ceramics, laquer miniature "Palekh" and also trained in Russian Iconography. In 1995 she was accepted into Arts College in Russia, Moscow and continued studies of watercolour and drawing.

In 1996 she moved with her family to New Zealand and entered Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and in 2001 graduated with BFA in the Discipline of Painting. The same year she won the "Telecom Art Awards" with work 'The Keys to New Zealand' featuring on the cover of the 2001 Auckland phone book. In 2002 she visited Thailand as a result of winning "The Nokia Art Awards - Asia Pacific 2001".

Since than Leila has participated in a number of group shows and personal
exhibitions. Her works feature in many private collections in New Zealand and other countries of the world including Australia, England, South Korea, Russia etc.
A profile and a selection of her works were featured in "New Zealand's Favourite Artist's" Book by Denis Robinson, published by Saint Publishing in 2006. In 2007 she won the Popular Choice Award at "Waitakere Trust Art Awards", People's Choice award at "The Morpeth Canada 2008 Art Award" and came third at "The Mazda Awards 2008". The same year she returned to University of Auckland and gained PGDip in Fine Arts. At present, she is a director and tutor at LA Art School.

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