Gila Rayberg has received numerous awards for her expressive and whimsical portraits. In the summer of 2018, Gila was one of 9 mosaic artists from 7 countries, invited to create a mosaic work for a proposed Museum of Contemporary Mosaics Art to be housed in a renovated ex-convent in Ploaghe Sardinia Italy. Gila travels extensively around the US & internationally giving workshops, specializing in portraits and the up-cycling of dishes. Her work has been published in a number of art books.
Gila arrived at the visual arts after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture.
After earning her masters degree in music from Arizona State University (1989), Gila moved to San Francisco and quickly became involved with a community of improvisational musicians, composers and artists.
Pursuing her love of travel, Gila found herself performing & teaching instrumental music at a newly established University in Borneo, East Malaysia. From there, she traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, Hong Kong, China, India, Israel & Egypt, collecting art, textiles, and musical instruments, representative of local cultures. With each excursion Gila became increasingly fascinated by the indigenous art which surrounded her.