My nickname is Cici & I'm a visual artist/ photographer with a BFA in photography. Growing up I've always been that girl behind disposable kodak cameras taking photos of my friends and family before I knew anything about photography.
What type of photographs do you take?
I specialize in portrait and lifestyle photography. When I'm photographing, capturing candid moments are my favorite because these shots are the most authentic. My overall goal is to make sure everyone I work with has a pleasant/ fun experience.
How did you make the decision to PURSUE PHOTOGRAPHY/ THE ARTS?
In January 2012, I was selected as a YoungArts Finalist/ Alumni in Visual Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation. I was flown out to YoungArts Week in Miami and got the opportunity to meet other artists, take a master class with artist Jean Shin & participate in my first group exhibition at the Miami Art Museum (now named Pérez Art Museum Miami). I would say this was one of the first times I was truly exposed to the art-world. This experience definitely helped me confirm my decision to pursue photography/ visual art.
What do you love most about being a PHOTOGRAPHER?
I love that I'm able to meet different people through photography. My favorite is when clients and even strangers I end up photographing become friends. I also enjoy the freedom to create anything that comes to mind- I'm always thinking/ building a list of new ideas to bring to life with my art.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
My top favorite thing:
I take every chance I get to go to concerts/ shows of artist I listen to- I just love the energy of live music!
If it's not concerts I would say during my free time, I'm most likely still creating. I do my best to work on personal photo projects with other creatives often. But when I truly want to recharge, I'm definitely in bed binge watching Netflix!
How would you describe your photography style?
A few words that come to mind are vibrant, clean and candid.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography/ May 2016
Selected Group Exhibitions/ Shows
Enlightened: YoungArts Alumni Photography Exhibition, YoungArts Gallery, Miami, FL/ 2017
Unapologetic Negritude, Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, D.C./ 2016
Senior Thesis Show: Looking Up Again and Again, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA/ 2016
Photography Takes Over, Upstream Gallery, Hasting-On-Hudson, NY/ 2016
Slideshow, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL/ 2015, 2016, 2017
Selfie Show, Highlight Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA/ 2015
Artist on Display, Roxbury Open Studios, Boston, MA / 2014
The Artist of Colored Union: Moving on Forward, North Crackatorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA / 2013
Compass Art Exhibition, Brandt Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA / 2013
Black Artist Union 2nd Annual Past and Present Show, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA / 2012
YoungArts Visual Arts and Photography Exhibition, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL / 2012
YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts, Recognition of exceptional artistic achievement / 2012
The National YoungArts Foundation: Alumni Book/ February 2018
BostonVoyager Magazine/ February 2018
Miami Rail/ June 2017
See Me / December 2016
Style Watch / September 2016
Girl Gaze Project / May 2016, August 2016
Flawless Mag, The Comfort Issue #2 (Page 76) / April 2016
Vogue Italia "Best Of" / March 2016
Art Hive Magazine, Issue #9 / March 2014