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b. 1983
Brooklyn, New York

Celia Luz grew up in the Marlboro Projects, just outside Coney Island. She was introduced to art at an early age by her father, an abstract painter. Her influences came from the Marvel Universe and illustration became the hobby that kept her off the streets. At age 9, she won a competit… Read More
b. 1983
Brooklyn, New York

Celia Luz grew up in the Marlboro Projects, just outside Coney Island. She was introduced to art at an early age by her father, an abstract painter. Her influences came from the Marvel Universe and illustration became the hobby that kept her off the streets. At age 9, she won a competition where her artwork was chosen for a group show at the Brooklyn Museum. She further pursued her passion by taking every art elective offered in both middle school and high school. Celia values education, as she was the first in her family to graduate from high school, and used this as a springboard out of the projects. She attended the School of Visual Arts where she studied Cartooning and Illustration. Financial hardship prevented her from attending beyond the first year, but in this time she took her first painting and storyboarding classes. This was the beginning of a 10 year transition that would lead to the photography-based mixed media pieces she produces today.

In 2004, Celia relocated to Santa Fe, where the captivating landscape inspired her to buy her first camera. She volunteered and worked with artists specializing in a variety of mediums. One of those collaborations led to her co-facilitating a workshop on how to print photos on glass. "From that point on, any intention of taking a photograph simply to frame it was left behind. I started to rethink my ideas of what makes a photograph a work of art." 

Today, Celia Luz starts with a meditation where she always asks to "never forget the little things." She then goes about her day and photographs with her iPhone or Nikon. Her focus is on a particular time of day, a flower, a moment between people, between people and nature. There is an element of Zen in her work as she is always on the go, yet always freezing time. She then uses color theory and textures to give a painterly aesthetic to create an emotional narrative between the work and the viewer, or the works in relation to one another in a series.  

For more information or full CV, please email celiashoots@gmail.com Read Less
2016- Photography - Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM (group)
2016 - Photography - Strangers Collective at Art.I.Fact, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2016 - Mixed Media - Drury Hotels, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2016 - Mixed Media - Goler - Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2016 - Paintings - Beestro - Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2016 - … Read More
2016- Photography - Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM (group)
2016 - Photography - Strangers Collective at Art.I.Fact, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2016 - Mixed Media - Drury Hotels, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2016 - Mixed Media - Goler - Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2016 - Paintings - Beestro - Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2016 - Photographs - David Richards Gallery - Santa Fe, NM (group)
2015 - Photographs on canvas - Eldorado Hotel - Santa Fe, NM (group)
2015 - Photographs on metal - Santa Fe Culinary Academy - Santa Fe, NM (group)
2015 - Mixed Media - Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2015 - Paintings - BEEstro, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2014 - Photography - Gallery 502, Santa Fe, NM (Group)
2014 - Photography - Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2014 - Mixed Media - Casa de Oz, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2013 - Paintings - Factory 13, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2013 - Photography - Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2013 - Paintings - 2nd Street Brewery, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2013 - Paintings - Counter Culture, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2011 - Mixed Media - Counter Culture, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2011 - Paintings - Ima Glass Studio, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2011 - Paintings - Louie's Cafe, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2010 - Photography - Ima Glass Studio, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2009 - Photography - Ima Glass Studio, Santa Fe, NM (group)
2009 - Photography - Lucky Bean Cafe, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2006 - Sculpture - Santa Fe Community College, NM (group)
2002 - Drawing - School of Visual Arts, NY, NY (group)
2002 - Paintings - 169 Gallery, NY, NY (group)
1992 - Mixed Media - Brooklyn Museum, NY (group) Read Less
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