Cela Luz

 Not Yet Titled, oil and pastel on canvas, 40 x 32 inches, 2017

Not Yet Titled, oil and pastel on canvas, 40 x 32 inches, 2017

  Fighting fire with fire , oil on canvas, 60 x 80 inches, 2017

Fighting fire with fire, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 inches, 2017

  Beach   déjà-vu , oil and pastel on canvas, 60 x 80 inches, 2017

Beach déjà-vu, oil and pastel on canvas, 60 x 80 inches, 2017

  Stars in My Coffee , oil paint, oil stick, pastel on canvas, 80 x 60 inches, 2017

Stars in My Coffee, oil paint, oil stick, pastel on canvas, 80 x 60 inches, 2017

Statement

My practice is grounded in openness and freedom of research, where the painting itself becomes the most important subject. I create images that are both figurative and abstract, visualizing imagery through an intuitive process and allowing the movement of the brush to tell me what figure or texture will come next.I often draw inspiration from music, patterns from nature, humor, and socio-cultural observations. As a Latin woman, my color palette may reference the tropical environment of my native Brazil. Using different materials like charcoal, oil pastel, oil paint, graphite, and palette knife allows me to create different textures and contrast that are an essential part of my process. For me, each painting begins with a scream of a feeling that becomes calmer throughout the process, the textures, strokes, and colors, which are sacred to everything else.

Biography

Cela Luz was born in 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts. She paints with an eye for the comical in the everyday, focusing on themes of joy, frustration, and sarcasm. Her work has been shown extensively throughout New York and Brazil. Cela currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.