Cecilia’s iconic painting, Ballad of the Blue Mermaid, is on view in the Mermaid Star Motel Lobby. Rendered in restorative water blue, the painting celebrates mer-culture and history. About working with Fairgrounds St. Pete, Cecilia says, “I have always been fascinated by the ocean and especially its most magical and elusive creatures, mermaids. So, for me, Fairgrounds St. Pete presented a unique opportunity to create artworks that convey the mysticism of the mermaid along with Florida’s natural beauty. In making Blue Mermaid I was inspired by the captivating Art Nouveau style of Alphonse Mucha, an artist I greatly admire.” In addition to this piece, 20 of Cecilia’s life-like Birds of Tampa Bay can be found through Fairgrounds St. Pete and comprise the bulk of our Bird Brains Scavenger Hunt.
Argentine-American artist Cecilia Lueza is well known for creating vibrant public artworks across the United States and beyond. Throughout her career, she has intensely explored a wide range of artistic media including painting, sculpture and monumental public art installations. Her geometric, nature inspired murals can often be found in unexpected locations such as rooftops and street intersections. Cecilia’s work is a personal expression of her lifelong fascination with the visual effects of color and the concepts of space, movement and transition. Through a meticulous and careful process, she strives to create unique works of art with great visual impact. Since 2000, Cecilia has been working on a variety of private and public art commissions. In the last year she completed public art projects in Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Jacksonville, FL and Washington, DC, among others.