Leomarlis Bojos is a visual artist originally from the Bronx, NY, and currently resides in Teaneck,NJ. Leo graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Art from St. Johns University, where she learned the fundamentals of color theory design and color composition. She also attended the Art Students League of New York where she enhanced her understanding of design theories for abstract paintings. Leomarlis applies color in a very unique and effective manner in order to create an interesting perspective for the viewer. Her artwork is not only vibrant but meant to stimulate and engage the viewer into the patterns and interaction of its colors.This year Leomarlis completed her first complete series of works entitled "The Kaleidoscope Vision" in which each piece depicts interesting forms and shapes and a distinct use of color inspired by her theory of "looking beyond what we see and seeing that what we are ultimately made of.."
Describe your personal brand in three words: Motivating, Genuine, Vibrant
30 second elevator pitch, Go!
The word kaleidoscope literally means “observer of beautiful forms” Be an observer of your life and just like a kaleidoscope, you will be able to see the beauty beyond the physical object or image. Live your life vibrantly!
Teacher by day; Creator and Planner by night
What is a typical day like for you?
I wake up at 5:45 am every morning. I give myself 10-15 minutes to open emails and browse the internet while still in bed. I get up. Shower and get dressed in 20 minutes so I can be out the door by 6:40 the latest. Cafe con leche is taken for the commute. Work begins at 8 and working with kids is very draining so I am having lunch and more coffee by 11:00 AM! During that time, I answer more emails, touch base with my girls on events and plan my evening. I get out of work by 3:10 and if I have something important like a show or a collaboration coming up, I probably have a dinner meeting set up with someone around 5. If it's a Thursday, I’m in Chelsea checking out galleries. Other than that, I go straight home after work, unwind, turn on my record player and paint or read. Depending on my energy I might go to yoga. I really enjoy mentally resting, meditating and brainstorming and this takes place right before bed every night.
What part did your personal brand play in getting you to where you are today?
I am a person who constantly works on bettering the quality of my life. I always seek inspiration in order to inspire. I read all the time. Create vision boards and color stories. I go to as many events as possible. I reflect a whole lot-- all in the name of KScopeVision. If I want to encourage others to follow their life vision passionately, I have to lead by example!
Describe a failure that you have experienced and what you did to recover:
I remember when I finished my KscopeVision painting series in 2012. I wanted to have my own show very badly. I did my research on event spaces and found a beautiful empty gallery being advertised on Craigslist. It was very expensive to rent, but I decided to make sacrifices so I created a budget, planned out details, painted almost every night after my 9-5 and finally contacted the director who told me to come by with the down payment the next day. When I go to check it out, I couldn’t find the location and the director wouldn’t return my calls. When I put the pieces together and found out it was a fraud, I was devastated. My failure to take the time to really plan out the details and do my research really set me up for the disappointment. What I did learn that day is that I didn't need a fancy space to create an art event. I used the resources I already had and the people I already knew to help me put my show together. It turned out to be far more successful than any stuffy gallery could have ever been.
How did you garner press coverage and media attention?
I spent a year or so networking with a lot of artists, live painting, and getting to know people. I am a very social person, so meeting people and linking up is very natural to me. I also observed effective ways to put the word out there on social media whenever I did a show or competition. I would say that the best way is just to speak to people. Let everyone know what your goal is! Have them anticipate what you are working on.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have been offered?
To show my art at a fine arts gallery in Miami for a Latin Artist show. It was a beautiful experience.
What keeps you going?
MY VISION. Its everything to me. I have about 5 concrete goals for my future. All include traveling and being surrounded by what I love, art, design, health, peace, love, and clarity.
Who are some of your mentors and why?
I would have to say I don’t have a definite mentor but I do like finding what I admire in people and building it in myself.
What were the steps you took in college that impacted your professional success?
I was part of a sorority which taught me time management, and I decided to become an art minor while pursuing my college degree in psychology. I worked very hard in my color class because I wanted to one day be able to apply color theory and design to my paintings.
What would you say to a young person who wants to work in your industry?
Don’t let yourself be intimidated by other people who might seem “better” than you. You are unique and THAT is your identity. Use it. Own it.
Words of Advice for Young Professionals: You will learn something new everyday if you choose to listen to yourself and be aware of the signs around you. Also, that there will always be someone who will be negative and criticize, let that be your motivation.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
KScopeVision soft goods! Pillows, scarves, textiles, drapery...Adding colors and life to rooms is something I really love to do. My goal is to create a line of goods that will also help donate money to children's charities.