cELIA sOTO

 Autodidact Oil Painter, Belgian and Spanish.

Feelings Enhancer, Water Activist

OIL PAINTING AND COLOURS

Inspired by the paintings of the 19th, 20th Century, she invents her own particular way of interpreting art, drawing inspiration in its colors, from Pop art and the use of contrasted chromatism.

She enhances the elements by researching and reproducing the colors which are truly present in nature. To achieve the desired effect, the painter uses pigments, binders and varnishes, creating new ranges that satisfy her meticulous search for the vibrance observed in reality. 

Through her use of the spatula, reliefs and blendings emerge, playing with the light and creating movements amplified by shadows. For this special reason, she prefers the oil painting technique.

Depending on life's events and feelings, her artistic expression varies from abstract, impressionist, surrealist to symbolic style. Sometimes painting on the beach, the process becomes a performance ; sometimes in her studio, surroundings will influence her brush, although always managing to convey the vibrant colors she observes.

 

WATER REPRESENT !

She's fascinated by water in all it's shapes, movements and reflections.

Water, which mostly appears in her paintings and performances.

Her goal is to give Water, the cycle of water and nature, the importance it should have to all of us.

These last years, she has always been living in cities near water. Valencia in Spain, Oostende and Brussels in Belgium and recently, Venice in Italy. This city was built on water on 421 AC and is still the same nowadays. She qualifies herself of "Veneziana di cuore", Venetian from the heart.

Venice is a city which depends directly on human's activity. Climate change's consequences are directly visible on the city. No need to believe or not believe in this pollution crisis. By living there, you understand the urgency of the matter. 

As a response to the alarming single-use plastic invasion around the globe, CeliA Soto decided to paint a Limited Edition of thermic bottles: The « Energy Art Bottles © ».

Each one is a work of art in itself, signed, and has been infused with a special vibe by the painter, a feeling, which will manifest in the owner's life, adding to their power of intention.

 

Fighting plastic becomes  a priority in her creation process : she also designed other objects and her clothes line like printed tote Bags, fabric face masks, leggings, etc. 

She also collaborates with NGO's that protect water.

Ecology activism is driving her inspiration and her Seascapes become a call for environmental protection.

KARMIC PAINTING

Her research into her genealogic tree, the repeating patterns of behaviour in different generations, has led her to paint as a way of healing family traumas. By first feeling the feelings her family members denied in themselves and then by expressing them, painting them, in order for these to be heard, out, free and not be blocking the next generations. In this case her work becomes more symbolic and as she calls it, Karmic.

She draws objects which have a symbolic value to her and sometimes mix it with collages of old black and white pictures from her family tree. She supports her work with psychogenealogy.

She also wrote a play called "Realidad", where she extracts the difficult feelings and consequences her Spanish family experienced during the immigration wave to Belgium in 1962.

YONI PAINTING

She also practices "Yoni Painting", which consists in using her own menstrual blood in order to paint ; the act in itself becomes a cyclic performance... A sacred ritual, where she gives time to herself, to dive deep in this intense mystery of being a woman.

Women have been invisible or shut down for many centuries, having to hide their sexuality and menstruation and power ; shame has been a constant consequence in their life, just for the fact of existing !

Celia Soto becomes part of the Feminist movement, re-taking her right to exist, reclaiming women's obvious and what should be their normal space in society, as the equal of men. As the Ying, Yang Symbol, masculine and feminine are ONE to create the perfection of life.

As she states: "Let's get out of those gender role boxes : a man also has a "feminine" side and a woman, a "masculine" side ; both sides need to coexist in order to have a harmonious life. We are more than a stereotype, We are Life and life can't be contained."

 

FEELINGS

By suppressing those categories, boxes, which deprive human from their freedom, they can finally become.

Let's BE REAL to ourselves, not according to "a box where we should fit in". This will only happen by listening to our FEELINGS, understanding them and living accordingly.

This is what CeliA Soto implements in this world by living the FEELING PROCESS OF LIFE.

Through her creations, she offers the possibility for the public to FEEL THEIR FEELINGS, FEEL WATER and FEEL LIFE.

Because this world needs its people to FEEL in order to live in harmony. 

 

She currently lives in Brussels.