Jade Leyva’s experience as a painter has taken her on a journey of discovery, an exploration of the beauty of the world around us and within us…
Painter, photographer, potter and more, Jade Leyva has made a name for herself as one of the Southwest’s most original Artists. Hailing from Mexico City, Jade now calls New Mexico home. Her paintings are shown and sold in galleries around the country and region and in Mexico. Jade has been tapped to create images for nationally recognized events including ¡Globalquerque!, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the New Mexico Wine Festival. Her images have appeared on the covers of publications including Malpais Review, Sustainable Santa Fe, Bosque Beast, the novel Rhythm of My Heart by Frances Fanning and the poetry/history book Islands on the Land by G.L. Brower. Her work is also part of the art book Garden of Fernal Delights, compiled and edited by Liba Waring Stambillion.
Jade’s work reflects influences ranging from pre-Columbian to post-modern. It is at times whimsical, celebratory and reflective, yet always through-provoking and expressive – a visual “magical realism.” Her book, A Little Bird Told Me / Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito is not simply a retrospective of her paintings up until the published date, but a treatise on the central themes of her art: love, unity and our fragile relationship to Mother Earth.
In 2013, Jade launched SEEDS: A Collective Voice – a group made of artists, musicians, poets, farmers, seed preservationist and more – that uses art to educate people on the importance of organic seed preservation, sustainability, and healthy communities, including through the Community Seed Mural Project.