Ruiz-Healy Art

Cecilia Paredes: Celestial Bodies

Cecilia Paredes: Celestial Bodies

Cecilia Paredes

Cecilia Paredes was the recipient of the First Prize on Engraving from the Peru-US Cultural Institute and the Lima City Award for Engraving in 1983. In her most recent printmaking series, Celestial Bodies, the artist questions herself and addresses themes revolving around astronomy, identity, discovery, nature and self-awareness.

“Astronomy seduces me, and along come all these questions: What if l change the position of the signs in the celestial map? What celestial chart was guiding the explorers to the new world? What is poetry under the stars?

And now, in these difficult times we are experiencing on this planet, another question arises: is that celestial vastness and silence what we had to address more carefully?” -Cecilia Paredes

Image Credit:

Cecilia Paredes, Celestial Questions, 2016, Photo performance inkjet print on Hahnemuhle acid free paper, 42.5 x 29"

Cecilia Paredes has characterized her work like cartography, that devolves into a metaphor. To enter her world is to enter the intricate archive of her imagination, like the secret space of a naturalist and harvester of earthly clues. To walk through her work is to access a vision of the eternal Eden, in which we enter when everything rational becomes a daily burden. And her world confirms to us, viewers, that we can design our own imaginary world, beyond the visions of this artist.

Art historian Luis Fernando Quirós

Cecilia Paredes

Rose

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes

Solitude

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes, Celestial Questions, 2016

Cecilia Paredes

Temptations

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes

America

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes, Celestial Questions, 2016

Cecilia Paredes

Piscis

2019

34 x 25”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3000

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Cecilia Paredes

Bleeding Heart

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes, Celestial Questions, 2016

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The Voyage

Cecilia Paredes

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

Cecilia Paredes

Equus

2019

34 x 25”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

Edition of 3

$3500

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Cecilia Paredes

Not from the stars

2019

40 x 40”

Digital engraving on Hahnemuhle acid free paper

$3500

Born in Lima, Peru, a country whose early civilizations revered nature, Cecilia Paredes works within the realms of nature, disguising herself against flora in her photographic work and exploring astronomy and identity in her print work. Her studies of Fine Arts were at the Catholic University of Lima and Cambridge Arts in the UK. In 1998, she was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program. Paredes lived and worked in Costa Rica from 1998 to 2004, and represented the country at the 51st Venice Biennial in 2005. She now splits her time between Lima, Peru and Philadelphia, USA.

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