Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Cecilia Francisco is a painter whose travels first brought her to Doha, Qatar; then onto Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

After two years of Honours Genetics & Cell Development at the University of British Columbia, she realized this was not where her passions lay.  So, after a lifetime of "dabbling", she took the first plunge into the world as a professional artist at her premiere solo art exhibition at the R'itz Gallery in New Westminster, Canada in 1995.

Two years later, while traveling in South East Asia, she volunteered as an art teacher at the Lingap Centre for Street Children in Manila, Philippines.  Her experiences in her ancestral homeland over the next six months awakened an artistic breakthrough and inspired a series of work which were exhibited in 1998 at a Vancouver Cultural Center upon her return home to Canada.  She continued her travels and her studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design before re-emerging with another solo exhibition in 2005, in Yaletown, Vancouver


Cecilia has been based in the Gulf since 2006.  Her art has begun to incorporate themes inspired by Gulf lifestyle and landscape, fused with the more vibrant abstract nature themes of her earlier work. 

In May, 2007, she was invited to join an international group exhibition with artists from Lebanon, Iraq, Germany, Italy and the United States at Education City in Doha.  Her work was featured in the
Qatar Tribune and she was interviewed by Al Jazeera television.   Another group show in Doha was well-received in early 2008, before Cecilia took a short hiatus, to celebrate the birth of her first child in August of that year.

She re-emerged with another successful solo exhibition at Yama Yoga Studios in 2010; after which, she took another hiatus with the birth of two more children in the following years.

Cecilia has finally now returned to the studio and is further pursuing her passion and her career.




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