Leonie Castelino is an American Contemporary Bojagi Fiber Artist recognized as one of three 20th Century influences in ‘Bojagi’. She has broken the traditional rectilinear boundaries of Korean Bojagi, to create works of art with pieced fabric, curved architectural lines, jagged edges, complex colors with the layering of fabric, and sculptures.
Her art floats off the wall. Sculptures take on new ethereal forms, as they hang, or gently move, or serenely turn individually on a mobile, as it too turns with the slightest movement of air, or they dance with a passing breeze.
Her exhibitions have been characterized by the interplay of beauty, energy, and movement complemented with narrative and social commentary; a constant dialogue that explores new ideas, techniques, and artistic interpretation.
Leonie was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to America in the 1970s in her early 20s where she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology while earning an MBA from the City University of New York. In 1991 after a successful career in corporate America and starting a family with her husband and two children, Leonie rediscovered the artist within and embarked on her next journey.
Studying a variety of traditional art forms and techniques, Leonie became faculty at The Isabel O’Neil Workshop & Studio in New York with a focus on the European decorative arts inspired by Asia of the 18th and 19th centuries. She continued her exploration of art and culture through textiles including the ancient arts of Shibori and Rozome, which ultimately led her to Contemporary Bojagi.
Leonie’s art has been featured in several solo exhibitions in New York and across the United States, as well as internationally, from South Korea to South Africa. Recently she was an Honored International Artist at ‘From Lausanne to Beijing, 10th International Fiber Art Biennale’ at Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing, China. She exhibits in juried group exhibitions in international museums and galleries.