Leilani Bustamante’s “Diabolica” at Modern Eden Gallery.

I don’t know how I missed this one but currently on display at Modern Eden Gallery San Francisco, California until March 26th, 2016 (Sorry!) is Leilani Bustamante’s solo show of new work “Diabolica.”

From the press release: “The natural and unnatural world requires balance. As in life and death, light and shadow, above and below one cannot exist without the other. The hero is locked in a symbiotic dependency with its nemesis. Whether it is an angel, a soldier of justice where goodness is righteous or a demon, an agent of malice where destruction of morality reigns supreme both sides are ferociously absolute. These stories of the occult are as old as the theme itself. They are a complex telling of an age old battle.  Angel and demon lore have long represented a conflict that have been raging since the dawn of man.  It is a conflict that continues to rage in all of us today.”

Bustamante’s work deals with all of this in fantastic fashion.  Check it out if you have the chance before the show closes.


Leilani Bustamante has always balanced a romantic beauty with the darker themes in her art. The San Francisco based artist, featured here on our blog, voices themes of mortality exploring elements of death, and rebirth, and her newer works explore the loveliness of the macabre. Ripe with symbolic elements, her paintings feature figures rendered with in the tradition of classical beauties that are arranged in abstract and darkly fantastical montages.

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Leilani Bustamante was born in Santa Rosa California and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University. She grew up between the suburban sprawl and rural Fort Bragg, where she draws inspiration from their simultaneous decay and growth. Her work often voices themes of mortality exploring elements of death, rebirth, beauty and spoil, the loveliness of the macabre and the mournful influence of osteological motifs. She currently lives and works in New York City. For weekly updates please check out her Twitter page.

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posted by Margaret.