ART! VANCOUVER 2016 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: CECILIA AISIN-GIORO
Cecilia Aisin-Gioro to exhibit again at Art! Vancouver; Aisin-Gioro Fine Art Gallery grand opening on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Cecilia Aisin-Gioro, The Stage – 3, 2015
Vancouver, BC: May 12, 2016 — Imagine living life in fear by virtue of your last name. For Cecilia Aisin-Gioro there was no imagining. As a descendent of the Qing Dynasty Royal Family in China, Cecilia Aisin-Gioro has lived anything but an ordinary life. Losing both her parents during infanthood, Cecilia was raised by her artistic grandmother in a small village located in the Changbai Mountains in Northeast China. It was her grandmother who first introduced her to the art of traditional watercolors, explaining that, “Painting can tell people what you cannot say in words. When you feel weak, painting can make you stronger. When you are lost, painting will remind you of who you are”.
In later years, Cecilia went on to study under renowned oil painter Chen Yifei, who unlocked a deep love for this type of medium within Cecilia. After opening several successful businesses in China, Cecilia travelled to Vancouver, BC as a result of a business venture. It was then that Cecilia fell in love with the city. She explained, “the air was so fresh, I could feel the freedom”. After returning to China, Cecilia made the difficult decision to pack up and leave her life in China behind, moving to Vancouver permanently.
Recently, Cecilia has opened her very own gallery, the Aisin-Gioro Fine Art Gallery located in the heart of Chinatown. The gallery, located at 119 East Pender St. is having its grand opening on May 14, 2016, and will operate as both a gallery and gift shop for ancient Aisin-Gioro artifacts. It will be a place to celebrate the artistry of the descendants of the Qing Dynasty, and the Manchurian culture. For more information about Aisin-Gioro Fine Art Gallery visit: www.aisingiorostudio.com
Cecilia Aisin-Gioro will be returning to Art! Vancouver this year as a gallerist, showcasing both her own work and the work of her family.