There are, I said, no objects in nature, only the grueling erosion of natural force, flecking, dilapidating, grinding down, reducing all matter to fluid, the thick primal soup from which new forms bob, grasping for life.
— Camille Paglia

Cecilia Collantes is a Peruvian multi-media artist based in NYC.
Intervened found objects, performance and powder pigments fixed on folded paper and canvas create the artist universe. Collantes artwork, relate to the concepts of time, transformation, and ritual expression, directly linked to the artist's Peruvian roots and their relationship to contemporary culture.

Collantes oeuvre on paper is often folded to artistically and geometrically enhance the dimensionality of the work. The artist refers to the use of powder (or dust) as a primordial material, an earthly and cosmic medium that humans and the universe share in a micro-macro relationship. Placing a commentary on the transformation of all matter, the artist expresses her desires to fix volatile elements as a metaphor of the undeniable impermanence of human condition. 

Cecilia Collantes (Lima, 1982) received her education in Fine Arts and Contemporary Dance at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, University of the Arts Berlin, Danza Viva Contemporary Dance school in Lima, and the Traditional Arts Institute in Surakarta, Indonesia. Her painting and performance works have been shown in Lima, New York, Jakarta, Bangkok, and Berlin. Solo shows include “Liberty, Femina, Keluarga” at Biasa Art Space in Jakarta, “Foresta” at Undercurrent Projects in New York City and “Apparel” at Cecilia Gonzalez Gallery in Lima. She has been award- ed residencies including the Eileen Kaminsky Residency Program at Mana Contemporary, Thaillywood Artist Residency, and Darmasiswa Scholar- ship in Indonesia. 

 

EDUCATION

2012   Traditional Arts. ISI Surakarta. Java, Indonesia.
2011    International Summer Workshop. Professor Muriel Gerstner (Stage Design).
            Berlin University of the Arts. Berlín, Germany.
2011    International Summer Workshop.Professor Constanza Macras (Contemporary Dance).
            Berlin University of the Arts. Berlin, Germany.
2007   Contemporary Dance. Escuela Independiente Danza Viva. Lima, Perú.
2005   Fine Arts (Painting Faculty). Pontifical Catholic University of Perú.

EXHIBITIONS

2017   A Matter of Dust. Mailroom, New York.
2015   Foresta. Undercurrent Projects, New York.
2013   Liberty, Femina, Keluarga. Biasa Art Space, Jakarta.
2012   Apparel. Galería Cecilia Gonzalez, Lima.

AWARDS

2015   Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation Artist Residency. USA
2014   Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation ArtistResidency. USA
2013   Thaillywood Residency. Thailand
2012   Darmasiswa Art Scholarship. Indonesia

SELECTED PERFORMANCE

2011   Tempelhof Archeological Site. Tempelhof Theater Festival, Berlin.
2011   Native Color. Wainheim Kunstverein, Wainheim.
2010   The Spirit of Fugue. Emil Schumacher Museum,Hagen, Germany.
2010   Show-Room. Performance Art Depot , Mainz, Germany.
2010   Chaska. Puck’Art Dance Company, Lima.
2010   Tecnopor. El Galpón Art Space, Lima.
2010   Haz de Luz. Video Installation for Integro Theater Group, Lima.
2009   Callosum Body. Sun Festival, Piura.
2008   To Dance. E-Star Gallery, Lima.
2007   Mi Profile: Me, Me, You , Them and The Others. Fundación Telefónica, Lima.
2007   Vagalume. Peruvian - North American Institute, Lima.
2006   Female Gender. Danza Viva Dance Company, Lima.
2005   Chroma-ñón. Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima.