About Leda Daniel
Leda Daniel was born in the Argentinian Pampas, in picturesque city near large cattle farms. Her mother is a hobbyist painter and craftswoman and her Aunty is a retired art teacher so she was exposed to art since a very young age. Upon finishing school she went to study at the University of Fine Arts in La Plata, Buenos Aires, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, with a specialty in painting, and an Art teaching degree.
Leda taught at the University and also at a private institute and was commissioned to paint a few murals in the city of Buenos Aires, before meeting her kiwi husband and migrating to New Zealand in 1991. It was a big transition from the city life to a dairy farm as the couple moved from the family farm in Tauranga to their own farm in Kaitaia. In 2000 they moved again to their current farm in Helensville where they have raised their three talented children.
Leda’s work has been influenced by artist Gustav Klimt who mirrors her love of colour. While her preferred medium is acrylics, she has also worked with oils, watercolours, inks and more recently exploring the world of abstract and resin art. Some of her earlier pieces held in private collections in New Zealand and her home country Argentina depict the beautiful landscapes of the Pampas and large cattle farms as well as numerous portraits.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions around New Zealand while still being active on the family farm.
In 2017 she was invited to participate of ‘The Year of the Rooster’ auction/exhibition, a fund-raising event for the Starship Children’s Foundation, where her Rooster ‘Lucky’ was much acclaimed for its originality.
Also in 2017 she won an Award at the ‘Hibiscus and East Coast Bays Awards’ with her painting ‘Mermaids Garden’.
Leda continues to expand her knowledge in different techniques and medias, with a focus on large artworks, which she really enjoys creating. Leda’s artwork can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram.