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, Lila Gemellos, 34, 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 entered the national art scene through sense of place projects inspired by history. Her work translates to social media and generates new traffic organically through selfies and interaction
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 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. Also known as “commercial”, it’s art in public retail space like malls and shopping centers that can be used in advertising and selling.
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.
Please see the largest addition to Gemellos’s portfolio, a placemaking, public art, project management and curation at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds with the Gateway Mural Project.
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