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Artist Cecilia Paredes could easily be labeled as the “female Liu Bolin,” but to do so would only marginalize the talent of the Peruvian painter whose detailed, patterned paintings are worthy of being respected on their own merits. Besides, the simple fact that she tends to leave her chestnut brown hair and dark brown eyes visible in so many of her pictures, means that she doesn’t really want to hide away completely like Bolin tends to do. Instead, the artist says that she creates her camouflaged artwork as part of her “quest of belonging.”

Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower

Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower

Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower“The theme,” she explains, ” is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong.” While most of us haven’t gone through the difficulties of migration, the idea of trying to change ourselves in order to fit in is something we can all relate to, even if only from those awkward teen years.

Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall FlowerAnd that’s precisely why Paredes’ art works so well. While they do tend to hide most of the subject, they still show enough of the person underneath, reminding us that no mater how hard we try to fit in, our true selves will always shine out to some extent.

Of course, it’s also a reminder than in art, as well as life, those people that truly want to be seen must stop being wallflowers at some point and dare to step out into the limelight!

Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower

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  1. Care Bear says:

    I’ve known people who could blend in to any situation but I never dreamed it could be like this.

  2. shinichi888 says:

    Whoa! The person in the first picture blends in so well in the background!

    First comment. :3

  3. Fortune212 says:

    hiden pictures i like.
    first one too…wow

  4. z2d4th says:

    Best body painting

  5. fossda says:

    easy to see where the body parts are, they do not match up with the painting at all

    • Miss Anne Thropee says:

      Agreed…But? Remember…It comes with a moral:
      “…While they do tend to hide most of the subject, they still show enough of the person underneath, reminding us that no mater how hard we try to fit in, our true selves will always shine out to some extent.”

      Awwwwwwww…

      (I also think she is pregnant in the first one…*Looks again* Definitely.) But the red wallpaper is amazing…

  6. Jahaziel says:

    It would be nice to be able to expand the art work images to full screen.

  7. saranya v s says:

    amazing……………..

  8. eee efff geee says:

    Awesome it is hard to see her in the first one

  9. phoTODDgraphy says:

    Fantastic !!! Totally reminds me of Chameleon Man, but with floral/feminine quality all her own !

  10. JoyJ15 says:

    How does she paint her back so perfectly!?

  11. Paulo Cesar Nogueira says:

    I don’t know if the title was a pun or just a coincidence, but “paredes” means “walls”.

  12. Nicole says:

    I LOVE the first and the last one. They are totally fantastic! To think how much work and Time must have gone into these pictures! Wonderful! Thanks for showing!

  13. Bella says:

    I like the last picture most.There are two hands pointing something.

  14. maravan says:

    amazing quite intresting fine piece of art

  15. Tim says:

    Not impressed. Hunters, armed forces and some animals do this on a regular basis. Even several times each day. Now if she painted herself to blend into a real wall of flowers, or even a moving background like a waterfall, I would be impressed.

  16. Such depth, poetic element, sophistication…. beautiful message, genius design.

  17. JR says:

    Addams Family Values!

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