Born on the island of Nassau in the Bahamas, Shan Kelly Cecilio studies graphic art and design before pursuing a career in fine art. She gravitated to watercolours for their brilliance and the luminous translucence she could achieve with layers of colour.
Women constitute the focus of her work. According to Cecilio, women “represent power and strength and their perception of the world and its imaginative truth”. She manages to convey the beauty and spirit of women in general as she portrays the personalities of particular women she has known. Her radiant images thus celebrate both the power of sisterhood and the joyous strength of the individual.
Cecilio created her trademark “stick people” in response to her stepson’s challenge that she “couldn’t keep anything simple”. Her light-hearted portrayals of these swank, statuesque Caribbean women have won her an increasingly large and loyal following in recent years, though her art also has more serious, contemplative side.
One of America’s up-and-coming artists, Shan Kelly Cecilio currently makes her home in Northern California.