Cecilia Paredes (Peruvian, b.1950) was born in Lima, Peru, where she studied Plastic Arts at the Catholic University of Lima. She later went on to study at Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England. She was awarded 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. Paredes completed residencies at both Pennsylvania University and the Banff Art Centre in Canada. She is a contemporary performance and installation artist, who is best known for her unusual work in which she uses her own body as a canvas for body paint. Her last name, Paredes, which means walls in Spanish, perfectly suits her fascination with turning herself into a human chameleon and melting herself into the walls.

One of her most acclaimed series is her Landscapes, a floral series in which she is painted to match floral-patterned wallpapers; her hair, and sometimes an ear, is often the only indication that a person is in the image. Paredes has also transformed herself into animals, plants, or her surroundings by using body paints, which are applied to her body by her assistants. The idea behind her work is to display a theme of relocation and adjustment to one's surroundings, especially after migration or displacement. With her striking and though-provoking pieces, she aims to illustrate every person's quest to belong. Paredes's image, Meditative Mermaid, will be featured at the 2012 Los Angeles Art show at the L.A. Convention Centre in California.

Paredes's solo exhibitions have been held at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, the University of Salamanca in Spain, the Natural World Museum in California, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo in Costa Rica, the Galeria Animal in Chile, the Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts in Miami, FL, the Michela Rizzo Venice in Italy, and the FIA Ibero American Art Fair. She has also been featured as part of group exhibitions 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. Paredes currently lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica, Lima, Peru, and Philadelphia. She is represented by the Arte Sur Gallery.

Timeline

1996
First Prize" II Sculpture Biennale Cerveceria Costa Rica".
2000
Banff Centre for the Arts, Residency, Canada.
2002
First Mention of Honor, Biennial Centro America.
2008
International guest artist: Ibero American Art Fair FIA Caracas
Born in Lima, Peru. Studied Plastic Arts at the Catholic University of Lima and Cambridge Arts and Crafts School of England.
Lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica and Philadelphia, US

Exhibitions

2009
New Works, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL (solo)
2009
ARTEAMERICAS, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
2008
The Sleeping Self - photography, video, Thessa Herold Gallery, Paris France (solo)
2008
FIA, Caracas international guest artist solo show, Michela Rizzo Venice, Italy (solo)
2008
Getophoto, Bilbao, Spain
2008
Arte Fiera Bologna, Italy
2008
Unlearning Intolerance Series United Nations and Natural World Museum, New York, US
2008
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, Natural World Museum Paris, France.
2007
Animalistica Central Bank Museum, Costa Rica
2007
Change Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
2007
Costa Rica Museum of Art (solo)
2007
Contemporary Museum, Santiago, Chile
2007
Cultural Center Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007
“I am another” Silvia Medina, Barcelona, Espana (solo)
2007
Art Bologna, Italy. Scope London
2006
Biennial of Art and Canary Islands Architecture. Frascati, Italy
2006
Photo BA, Buenos Aires
2006
Oltre Lilith Scuderie Aldobrandini
2006
Chemin D Art Salle DES Jacobins, St Flour, France
2006
ArteBa, Buenos Aires ArtexArte Foundation
2006
Arteamericas, Miami, Diana Lowenstein
2006
Illusions - photography, Signature Gallery, Miami, USA / with Pancho Quilici (solo)
2006
Juego De Las Miradas», photography, video-instalation, sculpture, - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo , Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
2006
Spaces - photography, video, Lillebonne Gallery, Nancy, France (solo)
2006
University of Indiana, Indiana, US
2006
Borrowed World, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami (solo)
2005
Arte y Natura, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2005
Art Basel Miami Beach, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami
2005
Art Cologne, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami
2005
MACO, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Mexico DF
2005
Chicago Contemporary, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts
2005
Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2005
ARCO, Madrid. Galeria Lucia De La Puente
2005
La Costilla Maldita, Comisaria Margarita Aizpuru
2005
Centro de Arte Moderno, Lanzarote GranCanarias
2005
The Damned Rib: Atlantic Centre of Modern Arts, Canary Islands, Spain. Curator: Margarita Aizpuru
2004
Natura: Cultural Centre of Spain, Guatemala
2004
Arthobler Gallery, Porto, Portugal (solo)
2004
ARCO, Madrid. Galeria ArtexArte
2004
Museo de Arte Costarricense: Armas de Poder
2004
Galeria Animal, Chile (solo)
2004
Sol de Rio Arte Contemporaneo, Guatemala (solo)
2004
Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru (solo)
2003
Seem: Camuflajes y Transparencias, New York (solo)
2003
Open Maps, Comisario Alejandro Castellote, Barcelona/ Madrid
2003
Double edged swords: Teoretica, San Jose, Costa Rica
2003
University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
2003
Calderon Guardia Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica (solo)
2003
ArtexArte, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Solo at ARCO (solo)
2003
Indiana University, Pennsylvania, USA (solo)
2002
The Floating Land, Queensland, Australia
2002
Art Miami, USA
2002
Lucia de la Puente, Lima (solo)
2002
Proyect DO IT/ Teoretica, San Jose
2002
Central American Biennial, Nicaragua
2002
ARCO, Madrid. Comisario Antonio Zaya Futuribles
2002
Galeria Sol del Rio
2002
Museum of Panama, Panama (solo)
2001
Sol de Rio Arte Contemporaneo, Guatemala (solo)
2001
Contemporary Art Museum, Panama (solo)
2001
Contemporary Art Museum of Panama, Permanent collection
2000
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica (solo)
2000
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, Costa Rica: Permanent collection
2000
VII Bienal de La Habana, Instalacion Barrio San Isidro, Cuba
1999
The Central Bank, San Jose, Costa Rica
1999
Sculpture Biennial, San Jose, Costa Rica
1998
Instalo-Mesotica: Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1998
Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala (solo)
1997
IV Havana Biennial, Cuba
1996
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica: Permanent collection New Tendencies Costarrican Museum of Art