MARIA CECILIA FERNANDEZ DE ARROSPIDE
Lima, lima, Peru
About MARIA CECILIA FERNANDEZ DE ARROSPIDE
I was born in Lima Perú , where I have always lived. My house and studio are six blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the ocean is very important for me and my work. We do not have extreme temperatures in Lima and eventhough half of the year we have a grey sky, there are flowers in the parks and buganvillias over the walls all year round. My work is abstract. I also do some surrealism in my collages and wooden cubes, in which I mix painting and collage. Painting is for me a way to enjoy colour and compositions I make always have a start in nature, mostly flowers, skyes or the ocean. The series “Reflections” is inspired on duality. We live in a world of polarities: cold-hot, up-down, strong-weak. My art precedes the concept, enjoying the process and playing with colours and forms is the goal. I consider myself heir of Matisse, Cezanne, Miro and their "painting for pleasure". I also admire the german expresionism, and Klee and Klimt are dear to me.
Cecilia studied Social Studies and Literature at Universidad Catolica del Peru, Drawing with Cristina Galvez, Watercolors with Juan Pastorelli. She then worked with Leslie Lee, present Director of the Escuela de Bellas Artes del Peru, and Miguel Nieri, professor of the Escuela de Bellas Artes del Peru and now of the Fine Arts Faculty of Universidad Catolica del Peru for more than 15 years.
In October 2005 she obtained Second Prize in the Contest "Autum Salon" organized by "Espacio 10 Arte", Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In January 2011 her painting "El Globo Rosado" was finalist in the Contest ArteVida at the Gallery EME 04, Madrid Spain.
Cecilia presented many collective exhibitions since 1993 in Peru, USA, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Argentina and Spain.
Her first's solo exhibition was in 1998, accumulating up to date six, the second one in 2000 and two in the year 2005, of which one was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In february 2007 she presented "El Mar, Las Olas" and in december 2008 "De Siluetas y Sombrillas". In August 2010 she presented "Espacios Temporales" y en November 2011 "Metaforas".
In 2014 she was part of the exhibition "Leonardo meets Canova" at L'Agostiniana gallery in Rome,Italy
Today Cecilia's work is on private collections in USA, Colombia, Netherlands, Belgium, Guatemala and Peru.
and her work is selected on many art yearbooks around the globe.