Born and raised in India, Leila Pinto's artistic sense reflects the diversity and richness of that country gleaned from her travels throughout both the East and West. Leila moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She subsequently earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School. After twenty years on Wall Street, and as one of the few women Managing Directors in the institutional investment business, Leila took up painting with great zeal. She received art training at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy Museum School, the New York Academy of Art, and the Grand Central Academy. In the past five years, she has produced more than 100 works.
Using oil on canvas as her primary medium, Leila’s earlier works included classical still life and landscape paintings. Her subjects include nature scenes interpreted through plein aire observations on the East End of Long Island near her Southampton home. Her versatility is further displayed in her abstract renderings of Wall Street themes. She combines her inherent artistic sensibility to convey her unique expression of her financial services career through oil and mixed media. She interprets the emotions experienced during the trading day and expresses them in her paintings.
Leila is also passionate about real estate and has followed and invested in the New York real estate market for many years. She has decorated the interiors of several homes where her art is displayed. Click here to see one of them.
Another source of inspiration for her work comes from her passion for interiors. She has a keen eye and has the ability to combine the color scheme in a room with textures and fabrics to create a unique painting that simultaneously draws from and enhances the space, creating an interplay of the art and the interiors that end up enhancing both.