Bio: statement and C.V.
"Cecilia Borghi rethinks the decorative: her glazed porcelain pieces are so exquisite for their textures and nuances as disturbing for their lush organic growth.
Her drawings of nocturnal gardens, hanging porcelain gardens with floral designs reminiscent of underwater life and Phoenix, a set of ovoid shapes invaded by germs of life in perpetual regeneration, form a fascinating baroque universe."
Sylvie Argerich, director and curator at Sputnik Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1976.
As a child I used to spend my days playing with my siblings at my granfather's porcelain factory.
That was where, later, I learnt the techniques to transform clay into porcelain pieces.
I studied Fine Arts for nine years, during which I studied drawing, sculpture, engraving and specialized in painting.
I also took classes in photography, silkscreen and pottery.
For a few years I also studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires, discovering the marvels of Spanish medieval Literature.
I was a student of Julio Lavallen, who helped me strengthen my passion for drawing and I also had the fortune to participate in the working clinic of Daniel Fischer, who helped me bring to the surface imagery that was previously latent.
I lived for a time in New Zealand, my husband's country of origin, a faraway island in the South Pacific with surreal flora and fauna, a place where every house has a garden and sometimes even a vegetable patch.
The birth of my daughter closed the cycle that gave meaning to everything, going with her to the workshop, surrounded by porcelain, as my mother did with me, and my grandmother with my father.
That circular space, those invisible walls, delineate the imaginary garden that I seek to materialize through my art,
a place where memories mix with fantasy to become tangible.
I'm interested in the garden as a refuge and also as a mythological place where nature is present but moulded by human hand and mind.
Today my work spreads into drawings, paintings, collages, one-off porcelain pieces, installations and designing objects that I craft by hand, as I learnt in the place where, as a child, I used to play.
-Painting at the Ernesto de la Cárcova National Fine Arts School in the workshops of Horacio D'alessandro, Miguel Ángel Bengochea and Ricardo Laham, C.A.B.A.,
-Painting, drawing, sculpture and printing at Rogelio Yrurtia Fine Arts School, C.A.B.A, Argentina.
-Art clínic with architect Daniel Fischer at Bisagra Art Gallerie, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Pottery throwing course with ceramicist Chris Southern at Auckland Studio Potters, Auckland, New Zealand.
-Investigative excursions for students and teachers from the Inclán Art School to the Argentinian provences of Salta and Tucumán, studying pre-columbian
culture with a focus on ceramic techniques.
-Drawing and painting at the workshop of the painter Julio Lavallen, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Investigative excursions for students and teachers from the Inclán Art School to the Argentinian provence of Jujuy, studying pre-columbian culture with a
focus on ceramic techniques.
-Silkscreen printing with printer and photographer Guillermo Kexel, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Photography with printer and photographer Guillermo Kexel, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Photography with photographer Silvia Paredes, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
Exhibitions and awards
-Bestiary (Ceramics Worlds) works by Leila Cordoba, Cecilia Borghi and Rita Flores at Sputnik Gallery, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Exhibition along with artist Mónica Bio at Josephine Patisserie, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Exhibition of an artwork in Museo Urbano, window display at a public hospital, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Individual art works exhbition at Almacen Secreto Club de Artistas, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Selected for 99th Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales in the ceramics cathegory for the work "Fenix" exhibited at Palais de Glace, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in exhibition at Galeria Forma, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Special mention in the 98th Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales in the ceramics cathegory for the work "Jardin colgante" exhibited at Palais de Glace, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Selected for the VIII Salón Diario La Capital, Castagnino Museum Rosario, Santa Fé, Argentina.
-Selected for Presentes Prize at Argentinian Rural Society, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in exhibition at Astor Gallery in Piazzolla Tango centre, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Special mention in drawing competition, Espacio 10 gallery, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in exhibition at Lagard Gallery, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Fifth prize in Fourth edition of Salon del Diseño, Palais de Glace, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in Inaugural Philips Prize for Young Talent at Eduardo Sivori Museum, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in exhibition of National Fine Arts School Ernesto de la Cárcova student's work at Felix Amador Museum in Lujan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
-Participated in Buenos Aires painters exhibition at Roca Museum, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Participated in exhibition of Rogelio Yrurtia Fine Arts school student's work at Alianza Francesa, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Feria Puro Diseño 09, booth 366, C.A.B.A., Argentina.
-Feria Puro Diseño 08, booth B-331, C.A.B.A., Argentina.