Somsara Rielly is a Los Angeles Creative Director, artist and illustrator. Her name means “the eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death and rebirth” in Sanskrit (a pretty heavy name to be born with for someone who just wants to make the world a more beautiful place).
Somsara’s lifetime of exploring a myriad of design disciplines informs her ability to approach each assignment with a discerning and enthusiastic eye. She will clarify what makes your brand distinctive, and guide it into flattering light. Always driven by conceptual thinking, her blend of classical and modern styles results in a timeless and unique aesthetic. Her collage and mixed-media work weaves in layers of interpretation and explores the boundaries between art and design. Somsara's longtime love affair with paper, typography, and printing techniques continues to inspire new methods and connections resulting in a unique style and voice as both commercial illustration or fine art - always with a dash of wit and a wink.
Somsara is a LA native who spent a few years in New York and then happily returned home where she now lives with her writer husband, precocious son and mysterious cat. In her spare time you can find her seeking the perfect coffee & donut or martini, scouring flea markets for vintage paper, and exploring her passion for stickers with her son Felix.
Somsara's daily project ArtDesign35 was installed in its entirety at Wallspace Gallery Los Angeles in June of 2012 and the project was named one of the Top Ten Sites for Designers by HOW Magazine. In 2008 her work was part of a group show in Los Angeles entitled Los Angeles Loteria! that was on display at Los Angeles City Hall, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Burt Green Fine Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. In 2016 Somsara participated in group shows at both Good Eye Gallery and Co-Lab Gallery in Los Angeles.