Cécile De Las Candelas, a self-taught painter, was born in Paris in 1968. She signs her pieces using her Spanish late grandmother’s name, who died age 97 and had the soul of an artist.
De Las Candelas means « of the candles ». Her canvases are a mixed media of collages, acrylics, oils, and Chinese ink… Women revel in their objectification, whereas men proclaim their right to vulnerability. Current (and decade-long) social issues are revisited, in order to better denounce them.
« My work is intuitive, which allows me to transfer onto the canvas my emotions and my vision of the world, without any predefined artistic codes. My paintings are accusing and encouraging of certain aspects of society and walks of life… There is love, compassion, anger, indignation, powerlessness and hope. I make use of the images and texts that surround us as a matrix for my fears, doubts and joys. I do not paint what I see, I create what I feel. It is a must for me, a need, a deliverance of the vibrations of my soul.” Cécile De Las Candelas