Cecile Johnson Soliz was born in Germany and grew up in Merced in the San Joaquin Valley in California.
She lived in Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Italy and Ghana before moving to Cardiff in 1975 to study for one year at Cardiff College of Art.
Cecile completed a B.A. and M.A. in Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London, where she lived for 20 years.
She returned to Cardiff as Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art & Design (1995-1997). It was there she was Senior Lecturer and, more recently, Head of Fine Art and Programme Leader in Sculpture until July 2011. She now lives in Cardiff and works in her studio in the city centre.
Solo and group exhibitions since 1989 include:
- Royal Academy Summer Show (2012)
- ‘Sculpture Studio’, Chapter Arts Centre (2008-09)
- Regarding the Function of Objects’, National Museum & Galleries, Cardiff (1999)
- ‘In the Midst of Things’, Bournville (1999)
- ‘Still Life’, Roche Court (2006-07)
- ‘New Acquisitions on Paper: Phyllida Barlow, Sarah Staton, Cecile Johnson Soliz’, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, (2005-06)
- Castello di Rivara, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rivara (2004-05)
- Galerie Lindig in Paludetto, Nürnberg, (2002-03)
- ‘Private View’, Bowes Museum (1996)
- Objects for the Ideal Home’, Serpentine Gallery, London (1991)
- ‘150 Jahre Kolnischer Kunstverein’, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (1989).
Photography as Source Material for Sculpture and Painting
For the Creative Wales Award, Cecile will use a camera and photographic records as sources for making sculpture and other two-dimensional works, including drawings, watercolours and paintings.
Her interest is in visually recording human gestures and actions that reveal complex relationships to people, materials, places and time. Linking public spaces in the form of photographic records and what will become autonomous artworks intrigues her - the potential it offers to move between social, public spaces and the privacy of her studio is key.
She will explore the use of a photograph as source material, as material and partner object with sculpture and painting. Cecile will develop this during a focused period of experimentation in her studio.
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