Cecilia Paredes

Peru 1950

Installation, Performance Art, Photography

Cecilia Paredes
Cecilia Paredes
August 31, 2016

Exploring the theme of identity and belonging, Cecilia Paredes makes distinctive “photo performances” in which her body becomes a part of the sophisticated background, disappearing amongst the ornamentation. Merging with the landscape, she creates her own identity in relation to her origins, questioning the environmental influence on our personal development. Paredes makes performances, starting from body painting and transforming herself into animals, plants or landscapes, processing the theme of adjustment to different surroundings.

 She made photo of new peruvian home in costa rica
Cecila Paredes – Both Worlds, 2009 – Image via schneidergallerychicago.com

Cecilia Paredes: The Artist in a Quest for Identity

Paredes was born in 1950 in Lima, Peru where she gained her education in Plastic Arts at the Catholic University of Lima and continued the studies at Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England. With the masterful skill for camouflage, the artist uses the body paints to become a part of the surroundings, leaving only her dark hair to be in the contrast with the floral patterns of the background. Her photography demonstrates the female body as a something sacred indicating the changed and even the wrong perception of it during the last decades. Focusing on the exploration of the boundaries of nature, Paredes uses her own body as the medium between the spiritual and natural world[1]. Managing to transform herself into the subject of her work, her ever-present figure is an expression of her interiority and deepest feelings. The Landscape series, one of her most acclaimed works, is more than just a disappearance illusion, revealing Paredes’ quest for belonging: “The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin.”[2]With the help of her assistants, Paredes paints her face, more often hands and back, following the pattern of the wallpaper behind. Infusing herself into the background, it’s hard to notice the human figure in beautiful design.

Cecilia Paredes’ Landscape series is more than just a disappearance illusion

 sign to gallery new contact using the terms pf privacy
Cecilia Paredes – Asia, 2008

Exhibitions and Recognitions

Completing her residencies at both Pennsylvania University and the Banff Art Centre in Canada, Paredes has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in gallery spaces across the globe where her work has met with great acknowledgement, the most notable at the United Nations in Paris, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Art and Architecture Biennial of the Canary Islands, and the Biennale di Venezia. She is also the recipient of several recognitions and awards, such as the Publicacin Libro de Artista by the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, the First Mention of Honor at the Bienal Centroamericana, as well as first prizes at the Salon Nacional de Grabado, the Salon Nacional de Grabado in Lima, the Municipalidad de Lima for serigraphy, and finally the Universidad Católica in Peru for theatre/lithography.

Cecilia Paredes currently lives and works in San Jose, Lima, and Philadelphia.

Featured image: Cecilia Paredes – Blue Landscape, 2007 (detail)
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Exposición ColectivaGalería Isabel Aninat, SantiagoGroup
201525 Years of Art Discourse From Buenos Aires to MiamiDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts - Miami, Miami, FLGroup
2014XXV AniversarioGaleria Xavier Fiol Arte Contemporáneo, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2013International Guest Artist Bogota Photo BiennialColombiaSolo
2013Fotografica BogotaFotografica Bogota, BogotaGroup
2013Paisaje e identidad - Sala de Exposiciones ASABUniversidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, BogotaGroup
2013Primera Bienal del Sur en Panamá 2013: Emplazando MundosBienal del Sur en Panamá,Panama CityGroup
2013Colectiva de Arte LatinoamericanoGalería Isabel Aninat, SantiagoGroup
2013Group ShowDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FLGroup
2013IcasticaGalleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, ArezzoGroup
2012A veces me asaltan las dudas celestesDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts - Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2012Looking Back to Look ForwardDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FLGroup
2012Cecilia Paredes & Adam Ball DuetGaleria Xavier Fiol Arte Contemporáneo, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2012cecilia paredes jorge molder yukihiro taguchi - mo(vie)mentoArthobler gallery - Porto,PortoGroup
2012Cecilia Paredes: Solo ExhibitDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Florida, USSolo
2012ChameleonSaltfineart, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2012Cecilia Paredes: Solo ShowPeru Embassy in Washington D.C.  USSolo
2011Nature, my significant otherPatricia Ruiz Healy, San Antonio, Texas USASolo
2011Altered Nature: Notable Interpretations from South AmericaCenter for Visual Art (CVA) - Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, COGroup
2011PanoramasSaltfineart, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2011Cecilia Paredes - NatureRuiz-Healy Art, Sacramento, CASolo
2011Cecilia ParedesLatidos, Blanca Berlin Galeria, MadridSolo
2011Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and ArtChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Cecilia ParedesNational Art Museum of China - NAMOC, BeijingSolo
2010Close Enough by Cecilia ParedesWorld Bank Art Space, Washington, DCSolo
2010Victoria F. Gaitán & Cecilia ParedesCurator's Office, Washington, DCGroup
2010Foto BaroqueCurator's Office, Washington, DCGroup
2010Photographic DialoguesRuiz-Healy Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2010Summer Show 2009,10Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FLGroup
2010Private GardenMoscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, MoscowSolo
2009Cecilia Paredes - The Final GardenInstituto Italo-Latino Americano, RomeSolo
2009Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and ArtUniversity Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CAGroup
2009Alberto Plácido, Cecilia Paredes, Jorge Molder – PhotographyArthobler gallery - Lisbon,LisbonGroup
2009Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Woman and ArtStenersenmuseet, OsloGroup
2009Cecilia Paredes - Fugitive DreamsDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts - Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2009Second Skin - Associazione TRATreviso Ricerca Arte, TrevisoGroup
2009Madc 94 09- Diálogos y CorrespondenciasMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo,San JoséGroup
2009Fantastic VoyageDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FLGroup
2009Second SkinSpazio Paraggi, TrevisoGroup
2008Cecilia Paredes - Mostra PersonaleGalleria Michela Rizzo, VeniceSolo
2008International Exposure: Looking at Contemporary PhotographyRuiz-Healy Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2008Sartori - Rizzoli - Ricard - Paredes - Carroll - BallGalleria Michela Rizzo, VeniceGroup
2008The Language of Landscape: Contemporary Views of the AmericasRuiz-Healy Art,Sacramento, CAGroup
2008Cecilia Paredes - The Final GardenGalleria Michela Rizzo, VeniceSolo
2007Photography and Video TodayRuiz-Healy Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2007Melting ice - BOZARPalais des Beaux-Arts, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselsGroup
2007Beauty in Art: 21st Century InterpretationsRuiz-Healy Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
20061. Bienal de CanariasBienal de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2006Oltre Lilith. Il Femminino Sacro Beyond LilithThe Sacred Feminine - Scuderie Aldobrandini per l'Arte, FrascatiGroup
200551st International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleAlways a little further -La Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2005Open Maps - Latin American Photography 1991-2002Amos Anderson Art Museum, HelsinkiGroup
2005La costilla malditaCentro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2004Cecilia ParedesGaleria Lucia de la Puente, LimaSolo
2004Cecilia Paredes – Nature within natureArthobler gallery - Porto, PortoSolo
2004Cecilia ParedesGalería Animal, SantiagoSolo
2003Cecilia ParedesGaleria Lucia de la Puente, LimaSolo
2003Mapas Oberts. Fotografía Latinoamericana 1991-2002La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge,BarcelonaGroup
2002Coleccionismos Contemporáneos - Público PrivadoMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
2001MúltipleFundación Ars Teor Etica, San JoséGroup
2001Arquetipos - Expresiones multiculturales en pequeño formatoMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
2000Rutas Alternas Alternate RouteMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséSolo
2000Ex3 - Explorar, Explotar, ExpresarMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
1999The Wrap of the Soul (La envoltura del Alma)MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo,San JoséGroup
1999Interior Landscape (Paisaje Interior)MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
1998Mesótica III - instalo-mesóticaMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
1998Costa Rica en las Bienales Internacionales de 1996, 1997MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
1997VI Bienal de La HabanaLa Bienal de La Habana, HavanaGroup