Creative Force, Lila Gemellos, 32, painting in San Jose since 1994
Born, raised and trained in San Jose, Lila Gemellos started her own business over 7 years ago as a Mural Artist. With over 25 years of training, Gemellos employs different styles confidently while distinguishing herself as a visual story teller and a local creative force. Gemellos brings her strong San Jose roots to her artistic narratives whenever possible. Lila Gemellos believes strongly in Art with Function, finding beautiful solutions to life’s ugly problems like blight and graffiti, traffic or community tension. She seeks sustainable, self-sufficient models for non-profit projects that focus on Community. Gemellos creates new relationships between Art, Business and Technology – finding opportunities to publicize a Corporation’s good will or generate more traffic to a shopping center with hashtags and inspired photography. Lila prides herself in being the “bringer of unicorns” – making the clients’ vision come to life by listening and continuously asking how to make the mural more meaningful. For a Visual Artist Resume, please click here.
After studying Oil Painting at the University of California, Riverside, Gemellos returned to San Jose and found rejection in the narrow Arts scene in 2004. Lila instead began a career in commercial real estate and property management. When her industry was downsized during the economic downturn, Gemellos confronted adversity by relying on her artistic talents to make ends meet. Lila Gemellos brings both experiences and inspirations to every project and contract.
Gemellos negotiates a clear contract with artwork approvals. She feels that collaboration is a real privilege, not a challenge. While executing a mural, Lila can either limit the impact to businesses or publicizes the processes based on the owner’s intent. Proper preparation mitigates damages throughout the process. Gemellos enjoys the opportunity to engage the public during the process with a focus on engagement throughout. Lila Gemellos understands the concerns of her client, because she’s worked on behalf of landlords and business owners in other professional capacities. Gemellos isn’t timid in tenant/landlord situations, taking detailed notes of everyone’s input first, then designing within the parameters of each entity, the structure and limitations involved. Lila Gemellos always explores areas to grow and develop her portfolio. She does not shy away from a challenge.
Each project is a joy and an opportunity not taken lightly by this hardworking mural artist. Lila Gemellos has been brightening public and private schools in East and Downtown San Jose, bringing edge and new life to businesses, easing pediatrics patients in offices and adding to people’s dream homes with the murals she paints. Gemellos now looks to take her inspired narratives to the public art scene in the Bay Area. Please see her latest commission at 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose, CA 95121. If you’d like a list of references, please email Lila.
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