Leila Pinto graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology. 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 Atelier. Her work is represented in New York and the Hamptons.
Leila’s earlier works included classical still life and landscape paintings. Her subjects include nature scenes interpreted through plein air 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. Brexit is another source of inspiration for her abstract paintings and launched a new series inspired by the unfolding news from the U.K. Pinto’s “Wall Street” series reflect the pace, energy and volatility of the financial markets as inspired by trades and market movements flashing across trading screens, Pinto said.
Making use of vibrant, mostly multi-color abstractions, the paintings demonstrate the high-energy and anxiety of markets that are constantly changing, mirroring their movements, trends and all this represents.
Leila starts by introducing color, shapes and line, then responds to their development in an intuitive fashion, layer after layer. More recently she has explored a limited, neutral palette with shades of blue. These works are at once mysterious, moody, and powerful yet luminous as the result of many layers of paint applied and removed and reflect upon the fragility and vulnerability of life.