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Layla Fanucci 

Born in San Francisco in 1957, Layla Fanucci's artistic talent was first expressed in music. Fanucci, along with her brother and sister, was encouraged by her parents to study multiple instruments, learning to play the piano, clarinet, guitar. She went on to teach the guitar, putting herself through San Francisco State University by giving lessons. She pursued a degree in sociology, and graduated in 1981. Fanucci had married her husband Robert the previous year and in 1981 they moved with their infant daughter to New York City, where he attended law school, and where they had a second daughter. Four years later they also had a son. They returned to California after two years in New York and eventually the family settled in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley where Robert practices tax law and produces wine, and Layla has her painting studio. 

Beginning in 1975, Fanucci taught music and guitar both privately, and in schools, ranging from the elementary to the high school level. She became the director of music at the St. Helena Catholic Church, and wrote and directed concerts at the church's elementary school. Fanucci has noted that of her many roles, it was composing music that gave her the most gratification. In the next stage of her creative life, this impulse for artistic invention was to be given full reign. In 1998, she found herself wanting some "big, live art" (as she describes it) for her home. Finding nothing to her liking, she bought some art supplies and created a large, colorful abstract painting.  

By the year 1999, she was ready to stop teaching music and devote herself full-time to making art. She followed her first painting with a version of Matisse's The Red Studio, followed by two other works inspired by the same artist. Then she began to create portraits of her family, still lifes, city scenes, and abstractions with figures. These paintings, while diverse in character, often had vibrant color, bold forms, energetic brush strokes, and a sense that whatever the style, the painting was charged with underlying emotion.  

Fanucci’s next challenge was to develop a style of painting that no one paints, in the world. She found her voice and that style in her cityscape paintings. Applying layer upon layer of paint on her canvases, searching for the colors that best communicate the mood that gives the truest essence of the city. When the paint finally dries, she takes a brush and in black, draws the outlines of the buildings, bridges, streets and people, imbuing the painting with life and adding particulars that will make the city unique and distinctive. Painting city upon city, her paintings have two, three or four full paintings/cities underneath the final works. 

Luminous, striking and intriguing, her works have been exhibited in top galleries all over the world. Notably, The Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York, The Christopher Hill Gallery in Saint Helena, Andrews Art Museum in North Carolina, Chasen Gallery in Virginia, Le Musee de Marrakech in Morocco, Samuel Gallery, Lisa Freedman Fine Arts, 750 Wines Studio, VAM Art Inc. Gallery. She has received many commissions and her work is in numerous private collections.  

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Biography 

Layla Fanucci 

Driven by a desire to evoke her experience of the city, she achieves remarkable harmony in these resonant works. A musician before becoming a painter, she captures the rhythm of the great metropolis, the lyrical splendor of its skies and the cacophony of its streets. Looking at these scenes, one understands why people return time after time to these places, like musical phrases we never tire of hearing, always finding something new in them. 

In Fanucci's dream-like paintings, the relationships of buildings, massed like blocks, transmit the grandeur and intensity of the urban environment, framing the crowds that swarm below them. Dense, deeply felt, intriguing and masterfully painted, her cityscapes draw us in because of the passion with which they were created. 

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Biography 

Layla Fanucci 

Layla Fanucci is an international artist and author most famous for her unique cityscapes paintings exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. 

Renowed painter, Layla Fanucci, whose vibrant, energetic cityscape paintings are developed by way of a highly unique processing of layering cities on top of cities, is pleased to announce she has reached a milestone achievement in 2013, having sold thirty two original artworks in one year.  

Musician and composer turned artist, Fanucci has spent the last nineteen years perfecting the abstract, powerful cityscapes for which she is known today. Her paintings are executed in frenetic brush strokes that capture the unique character of each city that she paints, layering city upon city. The resulting images attest to the diversity of urban life and human moods that infuse each city with its unique character.  

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Biography  

Layla Fanucci 

Driven by a desire to evoke her experience of the city, she achieves remarkable harmony in these resonant works. A musician before becoming a painter, she captures the rhythm of the great metropolis, the lyrical spendor of its skies and the cacophony of its streets. Looking at the scenes, one understands why people return time after time to theses places, like musical phrases we never tire of hearing, always finding something new in them. 

In Fanucci's dream like paintings, the relationships of building, massed like blocks, transmit the graneur and intensity of the urban environment, framing the crowds that swarm below them. Dense, deeply felt, intriguing and masterfully painted, her cityscapes draw us in becuase of the passion in which they were created.  

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Layla Fanucci 

By Mona Molarsky 

What is it about the great cities of the world that promises such excitement and adventure? Their thoroughfares and plazas teem with people rushing to destinations, yet the facades of their buildings hide the private lives, cultures and histories of those same inhabitants. Cites- whether as old as Rome, Paris and London, or new, like San Franciso and New York are hives of activity, yet they keep their secrets. That same contradictory buzz or urban industry, commerce and art has seduced humankind since the founding of Jerusalem and Damascus.  

Layla Fanucc's paintings embody the mystery, thrill and contradictions of these urban environments. They lure the viewer in with suggestions of wide boulevards and labyrinthine streets, while at the same time they deflect us with phalanxes of walls and windows and shafts of reflected light. Rows of buildings elbow other rows of buildings while neigborhoods seem stacked on top of each other. The dense architecture is sketched in thousands of feathery black lines over colors of brick, stone, stucco and sky that seem to bleed through one another like tempestuous moods. 

Fanucci works on her paintings in much the same way the cenuries have worked on the cities she depicts, adding, subtracting, then adding again. She builds the images, layer upon layer, often plotting out three or four cities, and burying each under a fresh layer of paint, before constructing a new one on top. Often the earlier colors and lines emerge. She allows them to stay, embracing the pentimento as the essence of cityscape. Her painterly approach is a twist on urban archeology; while archeologists dig down, Fanucci builds up. 

Despite the artist's laborious techniques, her finished works brim with insouciance and charm. We are reminded of Raoul Dufy's whimiscal landscapes, with their swaths of bright color and stenographics figures walzing to and fro; of Ludwig Bemelmans' enchanting Madeline books for children; but also of Alberto Gicometti' more sober paintings and drawings, with their restless, exploratory lines and corrections that uncover their subjects through hundreds of visual questions. 

Layla Fanucci was born in 1957 in San Francisco, one of worlds greates cities. The daughter of immigrants - French mother and Turkish father - she absorbed their lessons early. From her mother, she gained a love of language and culture, from her architect father, a passion for design and structures. With such a background, it is not very surprising that Fanucci became a painter of built environments. 

More suprising perhaps, is the ciruitous route that led her there. In her twenties and thirties, Fanucci worked as a music teacher and became a wife and mother, then moved to Napa Valley with her husband to help run his family's business, Charter Oak Winery & Vineyards.  

It wasn't until the late 1990's that she began painting, first to decorate her own home, and later the homes of others. Since that time, her work has met with greater success, and she's exxhibited cityscapes of Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice, New York, Washington and San Francisco in galleries and museums around the world.