A multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture and installation, Cecile’s work addresses the process of cultural encounter and entanglement. Her exposure to different cultural objects and ideas has driven her fascination with how these influences are visually acquired, represented and interpreted. She is interested in how cultures copy others, and how borrowed ideas often find their way back to the original culture. This entanglement of culture, history, place and interpretation are themes that she explores in her work.
Cecile Chong was born in Ecuador to Chinese parents. Solo exhibitions include BRIC House, Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figuresworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. Group exhibitions include El Museo del Barrio, Nevada Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Hunterdon Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Wave Hill, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Sue Scott Gallery in the US and the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in the UK. Fellowships include Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM – Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Cecile’s work is in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Chinese in America, The Center for Book Arts, Citibank Art Advisory, Peggy Cooper-Cafritz, Patricia A Bell, Carmen Ana Unanue, and other private collections in the U.S., Europe and Central and South America. Her work has been reviewed in Huffington Post, El Diario La Prensa, Singtao Daily, 3dotswater.com and The New York Times. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, an MA from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.