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'Urban Jungle' for Knotel | Murals by Cecilia Paints
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'Urban Jungle' for Knotel - Murals

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~Interior commissioned mural for Knotel in DTLA~
Mural brief:
When Cecilia Romero was given the opportunity to design a mural based around LA culture for Knotel, her subconscious mind took over. She had a dream one night that gave her the idea for a ‘concrete jungle’ theme which eventually became the name ‘Urban Jungle’. This mural is a dense creation of meaning and purpose. Inspired by the interconnected diversity in the city as well as the millions of people chasing their dreams and hustling everyday in Los Angeles. LA is known for being the city of dreams, as many who come here have high hopes and creative aspirations.

When you walk into Knotel’s new showroom, you immediately notice the portrait to your left encompassed by the LA skyline and sunset. This female portrait represents a strong, independent woman living in the city, chasing her dreams with a clear vision. Each animal represents different feelings and ambitions within the LA dreamer. The Jaguars and lions represent the resilience and strength needed to preserver through life’s daily obstacles. The butterflies emerging out of the Jaguars mouths represent the transformation, evolution and metamorphosis that come out of the grit of perseverance. Each butterfly is completely unique and also are an example of beauty in diversity and authentic uniqueness. The silhouettes of the hawks flying above the portrait represent divine guidance, and the mysterious inner wisdom that lies within your authentic self.

Life, especially in the city, can feel like a jungle with all kinds of different energies constantly in motion. This urban atmosphere can sometimes feel as wild as a jungle, whether you’re simply trying to survive or you’re putting your heart and soul into accomplishing something far greater than yourself.


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Cecilia Romero creates vibrant, colorful works that instantly uplift and beautify!

Cecilia Romero is a passionate artist and muralist who grew up in the city of Los Angles, specifically Silverlake and Echo Park. She started exploring drawing and painting at an early age, as her parents were strong supporters of the arts. Her childhood was filled with art classes, music, theatre and dance. As Cecilia grew, her artistic expression and skill grew with her.

In her teenage years, Cecilia became attracted to and passionate about portraiture. She feel in love with drawling dramatic portraits; human and animal. At 20 years old there was a huge turning point for her artistic development when she was offered her first wall. It pushed her imagination to the next level. It nurtured her creative vision and was a catalyst in her artistic journey. She naturally gravitated towards the use of a vibrant color pallet and soon discovered and developed her signature style.

Cecilia has been painting murals for 8 years now and aspires to paint all around the world. She has many murals in Southern California and Los Angeles. In 2018 she made her international debut when she painted a mural for Akumal Arts Festival in the Caribbean. Recently in November 2019, she was invited back to Akumal, Mexico and painted another mural for the Akumal Arts Festival at a local school. Cecilia focuses on uplifting communities through public art while spreading beautiful colorful portraits of people and animals. She hopes that the vibrancy of her colorful art can help to uplift, inspire and open up peoples hearts. Cecilia truly believes in the healing impact of art, both on the individual level as well as the collective consciousness within the community.