Cecilia Villanueva


About

Cecilia Villanueva says, “The ink of my father’s blueprints got into my veins and my palette. Architecture is my life—I draw, I build, and I paint.” 

 

Blue ink doesn’t just run in Villanueva’s veins, it runs in her family. As the child of the accomplished and prolific Mexican architect Luis Villanueva, daughter Cecilia was immersed in the language and drawings of buildings and their structure. The world of architecture and in particular the blue ink of blueprints made an indelible impression on her. 

Cecilia Villanueva´s oil paintings range from early archaeological sites to present ultra modern buildings, blueprints and aerial views. Her work is clean and cool, almost clinical, mostly streetscapes and geo maps unpopulated by any hot and uncontrolled natural or organic element.

“There´s a strong spiritual nature to go to the past,”  Villanueva explains, “ and see what human beings were and continue to be. It´s about how we shaped the world and have changed the face of the Earth through mining, engineering and building.”

Her paintings are direct studies in which Villanueva traces maps, often of prehistoric cities, superimposing her own narrative onto them. 

However, the true meaning is beneath the surface. “My main attraction to history and anthropology is not the object,” she says, “but the human behind the object.” To her, the importance lies in the individual stories left behind, both in archaic structures as well as today´s. “If you live in a building, you will imprint yourself.”

And it is this imprint that Villanueva seeks to capture amid the sometimes cold and calculated lines of architectural blueprints and maps. Her artwork is a way of leaving her own artifact, and her paintings hold special messages for her viewers.

These paintings are tactile, rendered in oils and mixed media composed of unexpected materials: stucco, oil mediums, and various  materials. They are painted on wood “cutouts”, designed by her, adding shapes to the perimeter of the canvas, as if breaking down walls, pushing the envelope... literally thinking outside the box. 

WORKS 

1.- MUSEO DEL ESTANQUILLO, 54 X 31, OIL ON CANVAS

2.- BRIDGE FOR A GEOLOGICAL FAULT, 20 X 20, OIL AND MINERAL INK ON PAPER

3.- CHINAMPAS IN A LAKE, 20 X 20, OIL AND MINERAL INK ON PAPER

4.- HOUSE 16404,20 X 20, OIL AND MINERAL INK ON PAPER

5.- HOUSING AT PLASTIC BEACH, 20 X 20, OIL AND MINERAL INK ON PAPER

6.- LIGTH DISTRICT, 60 X 36, OIL ON CANVAS


Additional Information

Artist Statement Her paintings are direct studies in which Villanueva traces maps, often of prehistoric cities, superimposing her own narrative onto them.  However, the true meaning is beneath the surface. “My main attraction to history and anthropology is not the object,” she says, “but the human behind the object.” To her, the importance lies in the individual stories left behind, both in archaic structures as well as today´s. “If you live in a building, you will imprint yourself.” And it is this imprint that Villanueva seeks to capture amid the sometimes cold and calculated lines of architectural blueprints and maps. Her artwork is a way of leaving her own artifact, and her paintings hold special messages for her viewers. These paintings are tactile, rendered in oils and mixed media composed of unexpected materials: stucco, oil mediums, and various  materials. They are painted on wood “cutouts”, designed by her, adding shapes to the perimeter of the canvas, as if breaking down walls, pushing the envelope... literally thinking outside the box. 

Birthplace MEXICO CITY

OPENING EXHIBITION EMBRACED BY THE VOID

NBC HOUSTON LIFE
OPENING EXHIBITION BLUE I

Contact

6007 Floyd St
Houston, TX 77007