We had the good fortune of connecting with Cecilia Anastos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cecilia, how does your business help the community?
When people purchase artworks from a local artist, they are helping the local economy. Artists pay a lot of taxes each time we sell a painting, and those taxes go to support the local library, schools, road projects, etc.
Moreover, by purchasing the works from living artists, people are helping advance the future of the art world. I understand if you want to own a Picasso or a Pollock. If you can afford it, go for it (as long as you buy the original). At the same time, I would like to see in your home some paintings from a living artist as well. This way, you balance the scale. You also impact the career of the living artist.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My paintings are colorful, profound, and uplifting. Although I work mostly figurative art, I have series of abstract paintings. I have learned long time ago to trust the teacher within and go to my inner world to fetch ideas for painting. I use my voice in fine arts to bring attention to matters that will generate a conversation with the viewer, as well as to express a personal story. All my paintings have a story, a piece of my soul, a raison d’être.
My voice with the brush is quite unique. I have been greatly inspired by the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements; thus, you can see the small strokes all across my canvas. Every once in a while, the ghost of Maestro Salvador Dali visits me in my dreams and I create some surrealist works, like Yummy and Life in Time of Pandemia.
I love doing commissioned artwork. This gift of being able to interpret someone else’s mind and image and turn it into art with my own flavor. Then, see the beautiful expression of the new owner of the painting… In essence, that painting has a piece of my soul. One of my commissioned paintings now hangs at the San Diego Supreme Court office of Hon. Judge Lizbet Muñoz.
The art world is not easy, and I am still overcoming challenges to get to a higher place, such as being able to live 100% out of my art. One of the challenges is that art collectors will rather pay $450 million for a forgery such as the painting Salvatori Mundi thinking it is a true work of Leonardo da Vinci rather than investing in a the works of a living artist whose painting will increase in value.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Balboa Park Museums La Jolla
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My grandmother Magdalena, and my art mentor Pablo Macherett