My art is a reflection of myself and my life—a celebration of the diversity of life and culture that exists all around us.
As the daughter of immigrants from South America, I grew up in a humble yet intellectually rich environment. From my parents I learned to respect and admire the classics in both art and music, keep an open mind towards world cultures and ideas, and not to be afraid of experiencing new and different things.
My work is influenced by the warmth and rich colors of my heritage, the power and fantasy of religion and mythology, and the beauty and mystery of science. I enjoy challenging myself to combine these diverse and opposing elements – religion and science, fantasy and reality – into harmonious compositions. In the end, my goal is always the same: bring people joy, provide an escape from personal and worldly troubles, and incite a moment of quiet contemplation.
As an artist, my range of work is as diverse as life, always changing, always growing. I am ever challenging and expanding my creativity by trying different techniques, styles, and subject matter in my work—focusing solely on one element of life would deprive me and the viewer of great experiences. Because my family, friends, and the cultures around me provide an endless flow of artistic inspiration, I intend to continue creating art as diverse as my life and experiences.
Cecilia Paz Mujica was born and raised in Houston, Texas to Chilean parents. She began her artistic life at the age of three, learning and developing skills by observing her father at work on his own art projects. Cecilia attended Abiding Word Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade and in 2001, graduated from Westfield High School. In 2006, Cecilia graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with degrees in Art and Art History, both with International Honors. In 2007, Cecilia’s Sonata San Antonio was selected as the official poster for the 2008 Fiesta San Antonio, a ten-day, city-wide, multicultural celebration. In 2008, her mural, Life Tree, was included into UTSA’s permanent art collection and presently hangs at the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at UTSA. In 2009, Cecilia was commissioned to create the official Spring edition poster for the Old Pecan Street Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2010, Cecilia was again honored to have her artwork, Bienvenidos a San Antonio, selected as the official poster for the 2011 Fiesta San Antonio. In 2011, Cecilia held her first solo exhibit El Jardin de la Vida at UTSA’s Gallery 23. In 2014, Cecilia’s large oil painting Mictecacihuatl was part of a Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Cecilia has several art pieces hanging throughout the UTSA campus and has created and designed invitations for the San Antonio Museum of Art and artwork, posters, and logos for the city of Schertz. As an artist, Cecilia is ever challenging and expanding her creativity by trying different techniques, styles, and subject matters in her work. She currently lives in Schertz, Texas, with her husband and two-year old son and works as a freelance artist.