Hey, I’m Ludmila—you can call me Ludi.

I’m a writer, editor, illustrator + multimedia artist.

I was born in Toronto, Canada to a Guatemalan immigrant and a Slovak-Canadian refugee. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently am based in Brooklyn, New York.

Right now, I am primarily focused on visual art, particularly design and illustration, and am currently able to take on limited commissions and collaborations for branded and editorial projects. My past illustration and design clients include The Other Art Fair, Tumblr, Coachella / Golden Voice, Hyphen Labs, Condé Nast (Allure + them.), Jack Jones Literary Arts, Broadly, Object Limited, Levo League, Planned Parenthood + more.

In the past, I have worked as a writer and editor and my work has been published in WIRED, The New York Times' Women in the World, Literary Hub, Complex, Broadly, Allure + more. I currently work as a staff writer for Refinery29's Work & Money vertical where I cover career and personal finance. I am also a 2018 Lambda Literary fellow and am currently working on my first book. 

For more information about my past experience, click here.

recent press

The Other Art Fair Brooklyn: Meet our Thursday Illustrator-in-Residence Ludi Leiva

The Other Art Fair Brooklyn: The Illustration Corner, Presented by Moleskine

Discussions with LGBTQ+ Creators: Queer Latinx Artist, Ludi Leiva

Tumblr Artist Pride Q&A: What advice would you give a young person navigating their queer identity today?

Tumblr Artist Pride Q&A: What is the most meaningful advice you’ve ever received?

Tumblr Pride Artist Feature 

Meet Brooklyn-Based Artist Ludmila Leiva

Welcoming Creative Vulnerability and Limitless Beauty: Ludi Leiva