CECILIA PAREDES

BIOGRAPHY
Peruvian artist, Cecilia Paredes, is a contemporary performance and installation artist, who is best known for her unusual work in which she uses her own body as a canvas for bodypaint. Her last name, Paredes, which means walls in Spanish, perfectly suits her fascination with turning herself into a human chameleon and melting herself into the walls. Paredes has also transformed herself into animals, plants, or her surroundings by using body paints, which are applied to her body by her assistants. The idea behind her work is to display a theme of relocation and adjustment to one's surroundings, especially after migration or displacement. With her striking and thought-provoking pieces, she aims to illustrate every person's quest to belong. Paredes currently lives and works between Philadelphia, PA and Lima, Peru. 
 
b. Lima, Peru, 1950

 

EDUCATION
 
Catholic University Art School, Lima, Peru
Cambridge Arts and Crafts School, England
Scuola del Nudo, at the Accademia di Belle Arti Rome, Italy
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2017:
South West Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Altogether Blanc Monteaux, Paris
 
2016:
The Perpetual Wanderer, The Museos del Banco Central Costa Rica; curator: Maria Jose Monge
 
2015:
Listening with Eyes, Tabacalera, Ministry of Education and Culture, Madrid, Spain The Wandering Flight, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
All Together Now, Galeria Isabel Aninat, Santiago, Chile
 
2014:
Policies of Perception, Pasaje 17, Buenos Aires, Argentina; curator: Andrea Giunta Background Stories, Pingyao Photo Festival 2014, Shanxi, China; curator: Alasdair Foster
Background Stories, Samara Museum of Art, Samara, Russia
 
2013: 
Wounded by a Thousand Arrows, Museo de Osma, Lima, Peru 
Under the Same Sun, Instituto Cervantes, Tanger, Morocco
 
2012:
Natural Archive: Object and Photography, the Embassy of Peru, Washington D.C. 
A veces me asaltan las dudas celestas, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, FL
 
2011:
Nature my Significant Other, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
 
2010:
In the Eyes of a Woman, About Change Program, World Bank, Washington, D.C.;
curator: Edgar Endress
Private Garden, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Cecilia Paredes: El río que fluye dentro/The River Within, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano (ICPNA) Lima, Perú (catalogue); curator: Jan Garden Castro
 
2009:
Animal of My Time: Photographs and Sculpture by Cecilia Paredes, Humboldt State University First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
PINTA New York, Johnson Gallery/Everglades Foundation, Chelsea, NY
Fugitive Dreams, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, FL
 
2008:
The Final Garden – Il Giardino Finale, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy; curator: Rosetta Gozzini
 
2007:
I am Another, Silvia Medina, Barcelona, Spain
Bajo el Limpido Azul, Costa Rica Museum of Art, San Jose, Costa Rica
 
2006:
Lent World, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, FL
 
2003:
Daphne’s Garden, Calderon-Guardia Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
Seem: Camouflages and Transparencies, Martinez Gallery, New York, NY Wrong Sided Beach, University of Salamanca Center of Fotografía, Spain Cecilia Paredes, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
 
2000:
Alternate Routes, Museum of Art and Contemporary Design San Jose, Costa Rica
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2016-2017:
Pierce, Mark, Morph, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL
 
2015:
Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
Cultural Hybridity, Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY; curator: Jan Garden Castro Inflorescene, Salt Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
ARCO 2015, Xavier Fiol Gallery, Madrid, Spain
London Photo, London, England
 
2014:
Lingshi International Print Biennal, China
Background Stories, Beijing Photo Week, Beijing, China
 
2012:
Nature’s Toolbox: Art, Biodiversity, and Invention, Natural World Museum, San Francisco, CA
 
2010:
Photographic Dialogues, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
 
2009:
MADC 94/09: Diálogos y Correspondencias, Contemporary Museum of Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
Photographic Encounters: Humanity in Nature, A FotoSeptiembreUSA exhibit, Ruiz- Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
Pulse Art Fair during Art Basel, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Off the Beaten Path, traveling show: United Nations, Paris; Nobel Center for the Peace, Oslo, Norway Fondazione Prada, Milan; UCLA Fowler Museum, California; National
 
2008:
International Exposure: Looking at Contemporary Art, A FotoSeptiembreUSA exhibit, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas
Open Maps, Royal Museum of Arts BOZAR, Bruxelles, Belgium
Unlearning Intolerance: Art, Attitudes & Environment, United Nations New York and Royal Museum of Monaco
The Possible Glance, Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, Chile
Art for Change, Natural World Museum United Nations Environment Program, New York , NY
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, Natural World Museum, San Francisco, CA; curator: Randy Jayne Rosenberg
 
2007:
Animalistica, Central Bank Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
Envisioning Change, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway; curator: Randy Jayne Rosenberg Beauty in Art: 21st Century Interpretations, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
 
2006:
The Biennial of the Canaries: Architecture, Art and Landscape, Canary Islands, Spain; curator: Antonio Zaya
Beyond Lilith: the sacred feminine, Scuderie Aldobrandini Museum, Frascati, Italy 
Chemin D, Art Salle des Jacobins, St. Flour, France
ArteBA, ArtexArte Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Merrill Lynch Artéamericas, Miami, Diana Lowenstein Gallery
 
2005:
Art Basel Miami, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, FL
Venice Biennial, IILA, Venice, Italy
Art Cologne, Diana Lowenstein Gallery
MACO, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Mexico DF
Chicago Contemporary, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Chicago, IL
La Costilla Maldita, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Canary Islands 
Opened maps - Photograph of the Americas, Madrid, Spain
 
2004:
ARCO, Cutting Edge Selection, Madrid, Spain; curator: Antonio Zaya 2003 ARCO, ArtexArte Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Iberoamerican Photography of the Nineties, Barcelona/Madrid, Spain; Curator: Alejandro Castellote
Tech-No-Logic II: Double Edged Sword, Teoretica, Cultural Center of Spain, San Jose, Costa Rica
 
2001:
The Floating Land: Noosa, Queensland, Australia
 
1999:
Image and Poetry, Costa Rica Art Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
Images of Women, Central Bank Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
Inner Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
 
1998:
Installo-Mesotico, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
 
1996:
New Tendencies, Costa Rica Museum of Art, San Jose, Costa Rica
New Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
 
2014:
International Award for Artistic Excellence, Pingyao International Festival of Photography, Shanxi, China
Artist talk, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
 
2013:
Artist of the Year, Santiago, Chile
 
2006:
Selected Artist, Chemin D Art, St Flour, France
 
2002:
Selected Artist, Woodford Project, Queensland, Australia
 
2001:
Selected Artist, The Floating Land project, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland Australia
 
2000:
DISCOVERY: Banff Center for the Arts Thematic Residency, Canada
 
1999:
Artist in Residence, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
 
1998:
Rockefeller Foundation Residency for Visual Artist, Bellagio, Italy
 
1995:
First Prize, Sculpture Biennial Cerveceria, Costa Rica
 
1986:
First Prize, National Engraving Hall, Lima, Peru
 
1983:
First Prize, Municipality of Lima Prize, Silkscreen, Lima, Peru
 
1981:
First Prize, Catholic University, Theatre Dept., Lithography, Lima, Peru
 
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
 
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Natural World Museum, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Panama, Panama City, Panama Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moskva, Russia
 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
 
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Art Nexus, Miami, FL
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Arts, Philadelphia, PA National University of Engineering, Lima, Peru
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba