From the Philippines and back in the Bay Area, Cece Carpio paints people and places working towards a more dignified existence. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits and natural elements with urban art techniques.
Cece has produced and exhibited work in the Cuba, Fiji Islands, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Norway, Philippines, United Kingdom and throughout the United States. She has been awarded the Rockwood Institute Fellowship for leaders engaged in the Arts as critical agent of change. She also received New York Foundation of the Art Immigrant Artist Fellowship, a residency at Café R.E.D & La Botica Espacio Cultural at Xela, Guatemala, and artist residency with KulArts at SOMA San Francisco. The City of Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Oakland Museum of CA, have commissioned her work. She is currently working as the Galleries Manager for the San Francisco Arts Commission, and is a Public Art Commissioner for the City of Oakland.
She can often be found collaborating with her collective, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.