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Cecile Chong

Winter Workspace 2017

Pictured above:
Special Delivery, 2015
Encaustic and mixed media on panel
20” (diameter)
Courtesy of the artist

Born in Ecuador to Chinese parents, Cecile Chong portrays cross-cultural narratives using encaustic and mixed media with imagery appropriated from international sources, such as European children’s books and Chinese scroll painting. Her materials include wax, oil, pigments from Morocco and India, volcanic ash from Ecuador, rice paper, silver/gold/copper leaf, beads and electronic components from circuit boards; all combine to represent the layering of cultures, identities, histories and places, both formally and metaphorically. At Wave Hill, Chong will create cyanotype prints with patterns derived from the imprints of leaves, grass and seeds found on site.


Chong has participated in residencies and has been awarded fellowships at the Lower East Side Printshop, MASS MoCA Studios, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. She is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. Chong has had solo exhibitions at BRIC House, Emerson Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figuresworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Rush Arts’ Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College.

Learn more about the artist here

Cecile Chong will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays from 1-3pm on March 12. 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.