Cecilia Sebastian de Erice
Born in Madrid, Spain
Lives & works in between cities such as Manchester (UK), Venice and Madrid.
Cecilia’s dynamic approach to painting is impulsed by Abstract Expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko. She draws her attention to the act of painting, leaving in secondary place the represented motif. She allows herself to explore the medium and procedures of painting in a very pure way, by working in an intuitive manner.
The book On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, by Elizabeth Fisher, played a significant role in the development of her ideas, as Cecilia, in her work, formulates strategies of not knowing, that play a key role in her decision-making process: she chooses to follow her intuition, instead of the rationale, often embracing chance, privileging sense over intellect. This thought process allows her to create paint in a carefree manner that reflects in her paintings. John Hoyland has also influenced her way of working, as he works in an intuitive manner, making him respond to what is already in the canvas. In addition, as Krebber stated that there is little space for innovation in painting; Cecilia understands that the representation of external ideas or issues is not fundamental in a painting, therefore what she does, and is also associated with Michael Krebber’s artwork, is essentially painting about painting,
She intends to create tension within the canvas by using opposing marks and colours that act and react against elements of the canvas, often using organic materials to add relief to the canvas, making the paintings tactile. Her harmonious colour palette is often interrupted by splashes of complementary vibrant colour, creating the tension mentioned before. She wants the viewer to experience the paintings as painted colours interacting and playing with each other on a flat field. The viewers can almost instantly distinguish her paintings from others, as the white lines that appear in most of her work has become a signature mark for her. “The heart of my work is to avoid representation, so that only the paint, colours and brush marks speak in a way that words cannot”.
2019 MAFA, Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester
2019 III Biennale Genova, Satura, Genova
2018 Alégrame esas Pascuas, Factoria de Arte y Desarrollo, Madrid
2018 Colectiva Abstracta, Colectivo la Salita, Gijón
2018 Colectiva Contemporánea, Abartium Galerias
2018 Noi Quattro, Galleria Quattro, Manchester
2018 Take Flight, Manchester School of Art, Manchester.
2018 Pigment, Link Gallery, Manchester.
2018 Museum of Colour, Goodstock, Manchester.
2017 Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester.
2017 Interiorismo, Madrid.
2016 Link Gallery, Manchester.
2016 London Scotish House, Manchester.
2015 Link Gallery, Manchester.
2015 Witworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
2014 Link Gallery, Manchester.
2018-2019 Art Market and Administration of Related Industries, Universidad Antonio Nebrija, Madrid.
2015-2018 Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.
2016-2017 Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.
2014-2015 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University.
2019 ARCOmadrid, Ifema.
2018-2019 Resident Artist at Espacio PROA, Madrid
Certificates and Awards:
2018 MAFA President Painting Award. Manchester.
2018 Nomination For Outstanding Contribution to Arts, Manchester.
2016 Winsor & Newton Art Competition Madrid.
2014 El Dólmen de Dalí Art Competition Madrid.
2009 Young Writers: Talent for Writing.