Celia was born in Havana, Cuba, and arrived to the United States alone as a young teenager in 1962. Under the care of the Peter Pan program, she relocated to Portland, Oregon, and lived there for many years. The Pacific Northwest and its multiple cultures were very influential in Celia’s life and this exposure allowed her to gain the vision of the human condition and our world that permeates her work in textures and colors.
She moved to Miami, Florida in the 1970s, again adding another layer to her perceptions as she reconnected with her roots. After retiring from a business career, she felt the need to unleash her creativity, which had been lying dormant for too long. Since then she has been fanning that flame with resolution. Without any formal art education, she found allies in Baruj Salinas and Yovani Bauta, two acclaimed Cuban artists, who have encouraged and nurtured her talent to blossom for the last fifteen years.
Acrylic paint and found objects are her mediums of choice, using unusual materials like broken glass to add richness to her textures. Her vision can be abstract or not, the freedom of the abstract feeds new techniques and richness to her other works.
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