Education and Certification
2014 - Gallery and Museum Studies, California State University ( Certificate)
2011 – Bachelor in Education, University of Windsor, ON, Canada (OCT certified)
2010 –MFA, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
2007 - BFA Visual art, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
2001 - Drafting with AutoCAD, St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology, Windsor, ON
2001 – Diploma with highest honors in Art, International Correspondence Schools, QC, Canada
1999 - Computer Support Specialist, The Toronto School of Business, Windsor, ON, Canada
1992 - B. A. Sc. - Civil Engineering, Builders Technical University of Bucharest, Romania
1990 - Major in Sculpture, Scoala de Arta Populara Bucuresti, (Art School of Bucharest), Romania
2010 Certificate of Recognition from Graduate School of Wayne State University
2009-2010 John and Irene Sowinski Scholarship in Fine Arts and Design
2009-2010 Graduate Professional Assistantships
2008-2009 Graduate Teaching Assistantships
2008 Golden Key Award, Wayne State University
2007 1st Place at 2nd Annual Utrecht Miniature Competition
2006-2007 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Honour Roll
2006 Grand Prize Award, The International Exhibition”Caragiale” by Cartoonists Rights Network, Ploiesti, Romania
2006 Merit Award,” Just Paint”, Artrom Gallery, Rome, Italy
2006 Dennis W. Knight Award of Excellence in Visual art
2006 University of Windsor In Course Scholarship
2005-2006 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Honour Roll
2005 Signature status Award, Purely Pastel 14th Annual Open Juried Show
2005 Golden Key Award, University of Windsor
2005 Award of Excellence, The American Juried Art Salon
2004 The Pastel Journal award “Purely Pastel 13th Annual Open Juried Exhibit”
Professional Experience and Employment:
2011-Present Owner Leyla's Fine art Studio and Director at LEYDAN Gallery.
2011 present Group Exercise instructor-Good Life Fitness, Walker club, Windsor
2010 spring Art Instructor, Drawing I, II- Wayne State University
2007 - 2009, Art Instructor, Drawing I, II- Wayne State University
2006 - Present, Art Instructor, Windsor Art Supply, Tecumseh Rd. Windsor, Ontario,
2005 – 2007 Art Instructor, Michael’s Canada, Walker Rd. Windsor, Ontario,
1998 - 2001 Custom mosaic designer and assembler, Creative Tile Design, Tecumseh, ON
1992 - 1998 Engineer, Regia Generala de Apa Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
1986 - 1992 Draught person, Regia Generala de Apa Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Two man Exhibition:
2015 - "The makers of Beauty", Leamington Arts Centre
2010 – “Terra Firma”, Art Community Center, Leaminghton, On, Canada
– “Art on the Border”, Gibson Gallery, Amherstburg, On, Canada
2009 – “Shutter and Brush”, Gibson Gallery, Amherstburg, On, Canada
2008 – “Behind the skin and Surfaces” Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
“Portraits”, Artspeak Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2011- Memories of Passing Time, Open Gallery of Art &Architecture, Toronto, On, Canada
2011 –“Conversations”, Art Community Center, Leamington, On, Canada
2007 - “Roma La Cita Eterna”, Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
“Portraits”, Artspeak Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2006 - “Drawings 2006”, Artspeak Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2005 - Artspeak Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Group and Juried exhibitions:
2010 – “ArtWalk”, Walkerville BIA, Windsor, ON, Canada.
WSU MFA Thesis Exhibition 1, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
2009 – BEHR, Detroit, MI, USA
2008 - “Consistency and Change”, Work gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
2007 - 2nd Annual Utrecht Miniature Painting Competition
“Eclecktika”, Lebel Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
2006 - Curatting and exhibiting, the small group show -“Caimac”, Lebel Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
- “Self Portrait”, Lebel Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada,
-Altered books, University of Windsor, Glass case Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
-Book Fest Windsor,” Book Altering”, performance piece, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
-The International Exhibition ”Caragiale” by Cartoonists Rights Network, Ploiesti, Romania, (the work is included in “Cartoonists Rights Network” permanent collection)
-“The 20th Anniversary extravaganza”, Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
-Just Paint, Artrom Gallery, Rome, Italy
-1st Annual Desmond Juried Art Exhibition, Renaissance Art Gallery-Ridgetown, Ontario
-Pastel Artists of Canada Members show, Gallery Old Chelsea, Quebec.
2005 -The American Juried Art Salon Exhibition
Birmingham Watercolor Society “Winter Exhibition”- RBSA Gallery, Birmingham UK.
“Harvest of Fashion and Art”, The Chatham Capitol Theatre Association, Chatham, Ontario
Purely Pastel 14th Annual Open Juried Show, Mississauga, ON, Canada.
“8mm”, group show-photography, Lebel Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada.
2004 - “Purely Pastel 13th Annual Open Juried Exhibit”, Women’s Art Association Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.
“Celebrating Diversity”, Renaissance Gallery, Ridgetown, On, Canada
“Zeitgeist”, Lebel Gallery, Windsor, ON, Canada
“ArtWalk”, Walkerville BIA, Windsor, ON, Canada.
The article: LAM Collapflex (A printing process that uses a surprising material…), ARTitude magazine, Issue #22 (Autumn2006),
“The New Masters of Fantasy 2005”-CD collection, Epilogue Gallery.
Artwork included: “Will you come?”-Acrylic,” Hydra”-acrylic, Adaptation”-oil, fantasy art.
“The New Masters of Fantasy2004” Epilogue Gallery, CD collection; Included artwork: “The Warrior”-oil on canvas, illustrative fantasy art.
Professional membership and association:
2008-2010 CARFAC Ontario
2006-2010Comon Ground Gallery
2005-Elected International Member of the” Birmingham Watercolor Society”
2004- 2010 ACWR (Art Council Windsor and Regions)