Ludi Leiva

(b. 1990, Toronto, Canada)
Lives and works between Stockholm & Los Angeles

Ludi is a Canadian-American visual artist with roots in Guatemala and Slovakia. Spanning across drawing, painting, installation, and text, her work is mostly figurative featuring expansive human shapes, dreamlike elements, and delicate line and brushwork. Through her practice, she explores memory, identity, spirituality, migration, gender, and the landscapes of her inner world. She has previously exhibited work in several cities including London, New York City, Chicago, and Berlin.

As an illustrator, Ludi has worked with clients such as The Smithsonian Institution, Apple, Phillips Auction House, Vogue, Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian (see illustration portfolio). 

Ludi currently divides her time between her independent drawing and painting practice and select illustration commissions.

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Way Gallery (Stockholm)
Sunshine Shop
(Los Angeles)

Selected press & interviews

One Club for Creativity

C-Print Journal

Elephant Magazine


The Trevor Project

Vagabond City Lit
Canvas by Saatchi Art

Creating Your Own Path


2024    Mine, Yours, Ours, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, US
2024    Transcending Time, The Arts Society, Nerja, ES 
2023    Lugares, PTM Contemporary x New York Latin American Art Triennial, New York, US
2023    Kairos, Samsen Atelier, Stockholm, SE (solo)
2023    A Home is a Portal, Östberga Kulturhus, Stockholm, SE (solo)
2023    A Home is a Portal, Körsbärsgården Konsthall, Burgsvik, SE (solo)
2023    HOY, National Museum of Somalia, Mogadishu, SO
2023    Konstfack Spring Exhibition, Stockholm, SE
2023    Experiments in Print, Candyland, Stockholm, SE
2021     New Latin Wave Festival, New York, US (virtual)
2020    DULA: Tastes Like Home, TIER, Berlin, DE
2020    Art On Link, LinkNYC, New York, US
2019     Hecho Con Galaxy, Times Square & One World Trade Center, New York, US
2019     Cluster Illustration Fair, The Truman Brewery, London, UK

Grants, residencies & select achievements

2024    One year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2024    Studio grant, City of Stockholm 
2023    Shortlisted, Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design Award)
2023    Grant, National Association of Swedish Art Societies 
2023    Grant, Konstfacks Foundation
2023    Grant, Beata Brummers Foundation
2023    Grant, Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Foundation
2022    Jury, Young Guns 20, The One Club for Creativity
2020    Artist Grant, Choose Democracy
2018     Illustrator in Residence, The Other Art Fair: Brooklyn
2018     Fellow in Fiction (residency), Lambda Literary Foundation

Workshops & teaching

2020    Co-creator/presenter, Miraculous Futures, Fontys Academy of the Arts (2020), Nederlands Film Festival (2019)

Projects of note

2023    Creator, A Home is a Portal, exhibited at Körsbärsgården Konsthall (SE), National Museum of Somalia (SO), PTM Contemporary (US), The Arts Society (ES), Women Made Gallery (US), Östberga Kulturhus (SE). Recipient of three grants from Beata Brummers Foundation, Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Foundation, and Konstfacks Foundation. Shortlisted for Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design Award)

2017    Contributing Artist, Neurospeculative Afrofeminism, premiered at Sundance International Film Festival and also shown at SXSW, Tribeca Film Fest (Jury Honorable Mention), Gray Area Art & Technology Festival, Primer Speculative Futures Conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and New Inc: Versions Festival, among others


2023    MFA / Visual Communication / Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design
2013     BA / Political Science & Gender Studies / University of British Columbia


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