Cecile Chong, is a mixed media artist whose work addresses the process of cultural assimilation and the development of individual identity. She is also a participating artist in this year’s Benefit Auction,“Forever 39” , coming up on April 4th.
Cecile was born in Ecuador of Chinese parents, and her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau, and China. Her exposure to different cultural traditions and ideas has driven her fascination with how these influences are acquired, represented, and interpreted. She is interested in how cultures copy each other, and how borrowed ideas often find their way back to the original culture in curious ways.
The work she has contributed is called Going Places (Blue), and is a work in encaustic and mixed media on a found skateboard.
She has exhibited work at El Museo, Wave Hill, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Corridor Gallery, Sue Scott Gallery, Praxis International Art in New York, and with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. Fellowships include The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM 2011 Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC 2010, Aljira Emerge 10, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant 2008. Cecile’s work is in the collections of El Museo, Citibank Art Advisory, Peggy Cooper-Cafritz, Carmen Ana Unanue, and other private collections in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Her work has been reviewed in El Diario La Prensa, Singtao Daily, and The New York Times. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, and MA from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.
Cecile was one of our Artists-in-Residence last year at the Center for Book Arts, and the work she produced here will be featured in the 2013 Workspace Artists-in-Residence exhibition at The Center for Book Arts this spring, opening April 18th.
To browse the works in this year’s auction and place a bid even if you can’t make it to the main event, click here.
To view Cecile Chong’s art and to learn more about her, visit her website.