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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.