Cecelia Ramos Linayao is a fine arts graduate of Cal State University Long Beach. She uses canvas, the computer and the street for her art. Street Painting - using pastel chalk directly on the street – is a major part of her public art repertoire.
In 2010, she was the Featured Guest Artist at Via Colori, the street painting festival benefitting the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, Texas. She won First Place honors at both the Temecula and Canoga Park street painting festivals in California. She was also the People’s Choice Winner at the Sarasota International Chalk Festival in Florida. She has recently returned from the street painting festival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In 2009, she was the Featured Artist at the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival in San Luis Obispo, CA. She was also the Featured Artist at the Danville Fine Arts Festival in California.
In 2008 she completed a street painting exhibition in Xi’an, China and was part of the Guinness Book of World Record’s Largest Street Painting in Oakland, CA. Also in 2008, she was the Featured Artist in Napa Valley’s La Strada dell Arte.
She was honored to be the first Featured Artist for the first street painting festival celebrating Women’s History Month at Southwestern College 2007. She was the 2007 featured artist at Via Arte for Bakersfield’s Museum of Art. She was the featured artist at Mission Viejo’s Children’s Creative Festival 2006. She was the 2005 featured artist at Little Italy’s Chalk La Strada in San Diego.
Her other street painting festivals include Santa Barbara’s I Madonnari, Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, San Rafael’s Youth in Arts, Pasadena Chalk Fest (Famous Fathers’ Award 2006), Long Beach Chalk Fest (awarded “People’s Choice” 2007 and 2008) and Canoga Park’s Dia de Los Muertos (awarded 1st Place in 2010 and 2009). She was one of only 10 artists invited to inaugurate Hollywood & Highland’s first chalk festival. She has also painted at the Hale’iwa Arts Festival in Oahu, Hawaii.
As an artist and ambassador of the Art Miles Mural Project, she painted a mural (oil on canvas) featuring international Barbies for Ally Woodard, nine-year-old recipient of a 2010 EPIC Award. The White House Project’s EPIC Awards honor those who have been creating real change by promoting positive images of women in media.
She teaches classes in Pastels and Asian-style Brush painting, most recently at the Orange County Great Park in California.
Based in San Diego, her work has also been seen at KPBS’ 45th Anniversary, PBS’ Literacy Campaign, Carlsbad’s Artsplash, San Diego’s Street Scene, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla and local schools.
With her colleagues in KTCA (Keeping the Culture Alive - a nonprofit foundation focused on Filipino-American arts), she won a Channel 10 Leadership Award.
Her mixed media paintings on canvas have been exhibited in galleries and are in private collections. One of her paintings was selected by Nordstrom to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2007. Another painting was used for a Superbowl XXXVII media event. After a live demonstration, a painting was donated to ARTS (A Reason To Survive - a nonprofit that uses art to helping children with adversities).
Combining techniques and technologies old and new, she finds deep satisfaction in using art for communication, education and self-expression.