"There are no other cases, this is the case. THERE ARE NO OTHER CASES. THIS is the case."
Magnolia Lafleur is an avant-garde storyteller who's been living and working in Los Angeles as a Contemporary Fine Artist & Writer for 10 years. She was born in Sacramento, California & raised in Guadalajara, Mexico & Omaha, Nebraska from a Panamanian mother & Trinidadian father. Her youth was riddled with the arts, craftsmanship, sports, strict etiquette, philosophy & writing.
Magnolia attributes her success to her two professor parents who dedicated themselves to curating a childhood filled with great discipline for developing one’s principles & callings. Most summers were spent doing book reports, performing plays on the living room floor w/ her siblings, arts & crafts, listening to music of all genres, watching movies and playing sports.
Having formed a club alongside her two sisters & one brother, Magnolia's storytelling became enriched & enlivened by their constant engagement in the make belief world via making home movies with their VHS player, watching movies from dawn till dusk, and writing & drawing stories. It was through this, that she developed a love for film and storytelling so much so, that she narrated her first picture book at age 5 to her older brother Bing who drew all the illustrations depicting her story. As she grew older, her love for film and writing would soon mature into a perfect marriage with painting.
She attended CSULB acquiring a B.A. in Print Journalism, and a minor in Communication Speech Forensics with an International Business Certificate from BUNAC in London, England. Upon graduating Magnolia worked a few jobs in the film industry in Beverly Hills & London, England and published as a Jounalist for The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Sublime Magazine out of London, National Geographic NOVICA and poetry magazine ASH out of London. Magnolia is currently working as a writer for the Palisadian-Post.
As she continued working in these other storytelling industries, she increasingly became drawn to the fine arts due to the minimal amount of people involved in the exploration, depiction and publishing of a story. Years of studying, practice and watching film, made for a seamless transition for Magnolia to understand the stillness & movement of color, light, emotion & movement in a frame. In 2012 she became invigorated with painting & with great discipline taught herself to paint. Not too soon after, she felt her writings come to life at her first art show in Santa Monica. The excitement of seeing the scripted scenes from her poems, unretouched, abounding with textures & bursts of colors, soon ignited a true calling in Magnolia to be a Fine Artist.
In 2011 she began her career as a Professional Track & Field Athlete for Trinidad & Tobago whilst working as a part-time writer. As a Professional Athlete, she qualified & competed in top national & international meets all over the world including the Central American Caribbean Games, 2 World Relays, two Olympic Trial finals under renowned Olympic Coach Bobby Kersee. Magnolia retired from track under Olympic Coach Darryll Woodson in Austin, Texas in 2020 after Covid hit. With the dramatically changing world at hand, Magnolia felt a desire and need to shift from running full-time to working as a Fine Artist & Writer full-time as well as helping others get through this time period via teaching them how to use art as an outlet via throwing fun & mindful art teaching soirees.
As for her own fine art, it's based upon her poetry and is expressed as Narrative Contemporary done primarily with acrylics on canvas.
Magnolia's artwork explores the human condition of nature vs. mans' creation, true love, the toils, process & joys of manifestation and the perspective in which we look at things. Books by authors like C.S Lewis, classic & documentary films, screenwriting, film composers (Thomas Newman, Alexander Desplat, Johnny Greenwood, Yann Tiersen, Nicholas Britell), classical (Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Satie, Mozart), jazz, blues & world music, isolated sounds, psychology, faith, history, linguistics, speech-language pathology, graphology & philosophy, largely influence Magnolia’s artwork & writings.
Her signature work is “In Search of Sides.” This series explores the idea of looking at information and the world from all angles and puts to question how our perspectives, views, & opinion are formed based upon how things are presented to us.
Each painting can be rotated on every corner to deliver a new perspective & a new painting for the viewer.
This ever-changing painting puts to question the fine line between what reality is vs. the illusion it can appear to be.