Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, Cece Carpio tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance, and resilience. She documents evolving traditions through combining folkloric forms, bold portraits and natural elements with urban art techniques.
Her work is influenced by people she has met and places she’s been. Cece paints everyday people who have been invincible in order to share their thriving presence, to show the dignity and power of their existence.
Cece has produced and exhibited work in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Italy, Norway, Ireland, United Kingdom, India, Guam and throughout the United States. She has been awarded the Rockwood Institute Fellowship for leaders engaged in the Arts as a critical agent of change. She also received New York Foundation of the Art Immigrant Artist Fellowship, a teaching residency at Café R.E.D & La Botica Espacio Cultural at Xela, Guatemala, and artist residency with KulArts at SOMA San Francisco. The City of Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Oakland Museum of CA have commissioned her work. She is currently working as the Galleries Manager for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is a Public Art Commissioner for the City of Oakland.
She can often be found collaborating with her collective, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.