Leezy Amado’s unique approach to nail art has earned her a cult following IRL as well as, of course, on Instagram.
Leezy grew up in Cape Verde, an archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of Senegal. The backdrop of desert and subtropical nature was an inspiration as she began, from a young age, to develop her trademark talents—an obsessive attention to detail and a dazzling graphic sensibility—that make her distinctive nail-art designs POP! While Leezy has worked in ceramics, photography, woodworking, and lighting, her primary educational background is in pattern making, which she studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and practiced for ten years. When she began experimenting with a new form of wearable art—painting freestyle on nails with acrylic paint for canvas—she took it as a sign to go back to school for nails.
Leezy would eventually meet fellow SEAGULL nail tech Gina Oh of OhriGinNails in Miami at fashion events, and the two worked together for a time at Vanity Projects. We are thrilled to have Leezy on the SEAGULL team — her creative, anything-goes attitude and pitch-perfect color sense are a constant source of amazement and inspiration at the salon.