Cecilia Villanueva was born and raised in Mexico City. She brings both world history and imagination to her work. Her training began when her father, an architect, would give Cecilia blue prints to draw on. He thought she would use the large size paper to draw on the back, but she instead chose to spend hours tracing the intricate tracery of blue lines on the front of the paper. All of Cecilia´s paintings, whether oil or ink, have hidden surprises in them. Only her daughter knows where all the secret images are hidden. Cecilia stated that "...artists carry the consciousness of their community. Artists see what is going to happen before it is observed. It´s more than beautifying your home. We are the voices and translators of community culture and history"
Nos Caves Vin, Houston, TX, USA, Overlapping Connections, Curator Hanneke Humphrey, January 8 - Current Spring Street Studios; Houston, TX, USA, Biennale Flight of the Monarch, Curator Yvonamor Palix, October 5 2019 - January 11 - 2020 Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores; Mexico City, Mexico, Jornada Binacional, December 2019 Houston Community College West Loop Campus; Houston, TX, USA, Impossible Architecture, October 10 - November 14 - 2019 Archway Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, Transportable Cities: Mexico 5 O’clock, September 7 - October 3 - 2019 Museo Biblioteca Pape; Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico; Arte/Sano entre Artistas, January 17 - April 28 - 2019 Lawndale; Houston, TX, USA, The Big Show, The House Near the Void, has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 iteration of The Big Show, September 13 - November 12 - 2018 Sabine Street Studios, Houston, TX, USA, Habitat curated by Cecilia Villanueva, Group exhibition, Houston TX, June - August 2018 Cloister Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, City ArtWorks, Houston TX - July - 2018 Caja Real Centro Cultural; San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Arte/Sano entre Artistas, March 15 - May 20 2018 Harambee Art Gallery; City Hall, Houston, TX, USA, Here and Now; Houston TX, March - April 2018 Museo Arte Popular (MAP); Mexico City, Mexico, Arte/Sano entre Artistas; November 2017 - March 2018 Archway Gallery; Houston TX, USA, Embraced by the Void, solo exhibition, Houston, TX - October 2017 Mexican Consulate in Houston; Houston, TX, USA, Hábitat; collaboration with Miniaturist Adan Gonzalez, March 2017 Harambee Art Gallery; City Hall, Houston, TX, USA, Creative Path; Houston TX - November 2016 Cloister Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, Teachers´ Art Exhibition, Houston TX - July - August 2016 Archway Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, Wish Tree Art Installation, created and curated by Cecilia Villanueva, March 2016 Lawndale Art Center; Houston, TX, USA, Dia de los Muertos Retablo Silent Auction, Houston, TX - November 2015 Winter Street Studios; Houston, TX, USA, Art on the Avenue, Houston, TX - November 2015 Archway Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, Blue Ink Runs in Her Veins, solo exhibition, Houston, TX -August 2015 Archway Gallery; Houston, TX, USA, Palette to Palate,Wine and Art Dinner, Houston TX - January 2015 Asia Society Texas Center; Houston TX, USA, Sixth Annual Citizenship Month Exhibition, November 2014 Houston Community College-Southwest; Houston, TX, USA, Twilight Zone, September - October 2014