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south african artist Cecilia Ferreira

south african artist Cecilia Ferreira

south african artist Cecilia Ferreira

south african artist Cecilia Ferreira

Media - Paintings, Mixed Media
Email - [email protected]
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Biography 2000-2010
Cecilia Ferreira is a South African born artist currently living with her family in Maputo, Mozambique. She completed one year in 1997 at the Foundation school of art in Observatory (Cape Town) before she returned to her home town, Port Elizabeth, to complete her studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan. Cecilia obtained her National Diploma in fine art in 2000, majoring in printmaking and painting and receiving a distinction in figure drawing. She moved to Portugal in 2001 where she resided until 2007.

During the Portugal years, the artist spent some time in isolation due to the large language barrier, cultural leap and homesickness. This isolation fueled a large body of work with themes mostly dealing with the people in the streets, restaurants and bars of Lisbon. Groups of people were portrayed; some drawn from life and others from imagination, but there was always a feeling of seclusion in her figures. Some of these works were sold in the streets of Cascais during the summer and some were exhibited in Passe Partout Gallery (Oeiras) and D’arte Gallery (Cascais) during collective exhibitions. Cascais was also where she met legendary Mozambican artist Roberto Chichorro after having admired his work for years through books. She recalls how Chichorro scolded her for selling her work on the streets, telling her that “no serious artist sells her works on the streets”.

In 2005 the artist started finding exposure online, contributing to numerous art blogs and uploading work on art websites. It was in the same year that the artist bought her first digital camera which sparked off and endless line of photographic self-portraits. She completed a series of digital photographs focusing on the ruins and graffiti of Lisbon city.

Returning to Africa in 2007 brought on a creative explosion for the artist. She started exploring with challenging themes such as neuroses, sexuality and topics concerning mostly the psychology of females. In 2008 she completed a series of gloss magazine manipulations called “Issues”, touching on modern day issues women in general deal with, such as anorexia, vanity, vulnerability etc. The online response to Cecilia’s work has been tremendously positive, encouraging her to contribute to various online and print magazines with her images and poetry. Cecilia’s interest in poetry has grown over the years and triggered a specific interest in poetry and visual art collaborations.

The artist was recently a finalist in the Women and Boundaries Photographic competition in Maputo, held by the French Cultural Centre. She was also a finalist in the 2009 Sasol New Signatures competition.
Eyrie is Cecilia’s first solo exhibition. It is a milestone for the artist, showcasing the pinnacle of a decade’s artistic development.

Cecilia Ferreira
[email protected]
00258 82 306 1232

Obtained fine art diploma at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, Port Elizabeth, 2000

Group Exhibitions
-Open Exhibition, Bird Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth, 2000 -Semi-permanent exhibition at Galeria Passe Partout, Lisbon, 2003 -June exhibition at Galeria D’arte, Cascais, Lisbon, 2005 -Finalist in the Sasol New Signatures competition, Pretoria, 2009 -Finalist in the Women and Boundaries photographic competition, French cultural centre, Maputo, 2010

Solo Exhibitions
-White River Gallery, White River, 2010
-Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town, 2010

2005-2011- Various features in online art and literature magazines African Writing Madhatters Review Bhag Mannequin Envy Ascent Aspirations Unlikely Stories Underground Voices Arttract Wildviolet Lazarus Corporation Artpoetryfiction Meanwhile 5 Meanwhile 7

2010- A look Away Magazine Issue 15, RSA
2010- Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, USA 2010-Cover for Eyrie, by Joop Bersee 2010-Cover for Monolith, by Anne McMillen | Contact Us | List Your Art | List Your Art Gallery | Site Map

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