Lila Gemellos, Mural Artist, Creative Force
art·ist / ˈärdəst / noun
a person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
Practically born with a paintbrush in hand, artist Lila Gemellos, 36, was born, raised and trained in San Jose, California – the heart of Silicon Valley. After several years in commercial real estate and construction, Gemellos started her own business over 10 years ago in the Arts. First drawing on skateboarding shoes, Lila became brave enough to tell potential clients what she really wanted to do was paint murals. With over 25 years of technical oil painting training, today Gemellos employs different styles confidently. She distinguishes herself through her strong use of color as well as through visual storytelling, creative placemaking and as a local business force and arts advocate. Her first large commission was Falafel’s Drive In. Her first large public art opportunity was at 1133 Lincoln Avenue.
Gemellos brings her strong San Jose roots to her artistic narratives through “sense of place” murals; though she just emerged onto the national art stage through sense of place projects inspired by history. Her work translates to social media and generates new traffic organically through selfies and interaction. Lila Gemellos has an especial expertise in retail, new construction and placemaking.
SENSE OF PLACE / sens əv plās / noun
Places said to have a strong “sense of place” have a strong identity that is deeply felt by inhabitants and visitors. Sense of place is a social phenomenon. Murals can create a strong sense of place.
PLACEMAKING / plāsˈmākiNG / noun
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being. Murals that placemake lay a backdrop for further engagement, play or activation.
Murals in a place where the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale happens. On “commercial” property, commercial murals is art in public retail spaces, brick and mortar stores, like malls and shopping centers that can be used later in advertising and promotion on digital platforms.
PUBLIC ART / ˈpəblik ärt / noun
Funded by a City or Public Entity or on Public Property itself, Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art murals are generally located in public parks or in specially funded business districts or communities.
SOCIAL MEDIA /ˌsōSHəl ˈmēdēə / noun
Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. Murals are great way to generate that content and new traffic.
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Hi Lila, thank you for your work. Interesting to see Falafel’s was your first work… I captured all the walls and combined them into this:
Also you got a certificate from Clemson, did you go there, or do it remotely? I graduated with an engineering degree from Clemson.
Last thing, my son does graphic design and illustration. Would you have any recommendations about how he could get solid, consistent work?
Thanks again and stay safe!