Cecilia Granara (born 1991 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) lives and works in Paris. She is a painter and a writer, drawing on self-fiction, poetry, and religious and symbolic iconography. She is interested in cultural attitudes to sexuality, bodies and the use of color as a vehicle for emotions. She studied at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in London and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Hunter College in New York City.
Her work has been included in institutional shows at Fondation Ricard, Paris ; MAXXI, Rome ; CAC Passerelle, Brest ; Château La Coste, Le Puy ; LAAC, Dunkerque ; Parc Saint Léger, Pougues les Eaux. Recent solos include “No love without grief” at Exo Exo, Paris ; "Naître, Renaître" at CAC Passerelle, Lesneven ; “Brittle Stars” at Sapling Gallery, London. She was a finalist in the Antoine Marin Prize in 2019 and has been nominated for the Cairo Prize in 2021. She is part of Trienale Milano in 2023.
Cecilia Granara’s work questions representations of the feminine and explores the body as the seat of emotions. Love, desire, longing, or sadness are all states that the artist symbolizes in her paintings. Indeed, Cecilia Granara’s paintings create territories to welcome the expression of suffering and anger, to revive them and live through them in a meditative experience that summons communion and the collective. The power of immersion in colors sends us into a choreography of healthy energies. They awaken the body to make it enter into empathy with stories of imaginary suffering populated by apparitions, deities and ghosts. If the colors express appeasement, hope, warmth and joy, they also give us a collective refuge from violence, so we can evacuate it, using pleasure as a possible path of resistance.

w/ Exo Exo No love without grief | FIAC 2021 | 0 ∞ 21 | This metamorphosis | Quatre Cœurs

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