Celeste Lecaroz

Celeste Lecaroz

Spontaneous Realism Painter and Visual Artist

Celeste Lecaroz is an artist renowned for her works of spontaneous realism—a color-infused and texture-laden fusion of realism and abstract art. The body of work that this icon of inspiration has been churning out is a powerful visual display that is deeply tied to her story as a woman who has found her creative path—one who is not afraid to explore ways of expressing herself. Celeste says, of her trajectory: “I like to think that my art is in an ascent—and if I stop, then I wouldn’t know how it would turn out, if it does get better than what it is now. This unquenchable thirst is something that others take inspiration from, too.”

Celeste encourages the younger generation, of all genders, to find something that consumes them, to find the fervor to chart their own paths.

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Celeste Lecaroz is an artist renowned for her works of spontaneous realism—a color-infused and texture-laden fusion of realism and abstract art. The body of work that this icon of inspiration has been churning out is a powerful visual display that is deeply tied to her story as a woman who has found her creative path—one who is not afraid to explore ways of expressing herself. Celeste says, of her trajectory: “I like to think that my art is in an ascent—and if I stop, then I wouldn’t know how it would turn out, if it does get better than what it is now. This unquenchable thirst is something that others take inspiration from, too.”

Celeste encourages the younger generation, of all genders, to find something that consumes them, to find the fervor to chart their own paths.

For Celeste Lecaroz, her works of spontaneous realism—a color-infused and texture-laden fusion of realism and abstract art—are her greatest contributions to society, and especially to the Filipino art landscape. The body of work that this icon of inspiration has been churning out is a powerful visual display that is deeply tied to her story as a woman who has found her creative path—one who is not afraid to explore ways of expressing herself.

Within these three years since she first began her journey as an artist, despite having no prior artistic training, Celeste’s artworks have captured the hearts and minds of both seasoned art connoisseurs and the lively art-appreciative audience she has cultivated online. Just as recently as May 2018, she mounted her first solo exhibition of her spontaneous realism paintings. And, today, her paintings are displayed in art museums abroad and in local institutional and private galleries. Celeste says, of her trajectory: “I like to think that my art is in an ascent—and if I stop, then I wouldn’t know how it would turn out, if it does get better than what it is now. This unquenchable thirst is something that others take inspiration from, too.”

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The next generation of women artists have more opportunities, facing less and less of the stumbling blocks women artists before them faced in terms of gender issues. They are freer to express themselves, there is more respect in, more openness to what they contribute in artistic expression. The challenge is in how to nurture this open-mindedness. The challenge is still to not fall into stereotypes of women needing to prove something to men, of pitting one gender versus another. The challenge is in how to avoid supporting mindsets that objectify women or are predatory to women.

Celeste notes, “The next generation of women artists have more opportunities, facing less and less of the stumbling blocks women artists before them faced in terms of gender issues. They are freer to express themselves, there is more respect in, more openness to what they contribute in artistic expression. The challenge is in how to nurture this open-mindedness. The challenge is still to not fall into stereotypes of women needing to prove something to men, of pitting one gender versus another. The challenge is in how to avoid supporting mindsets that objectify women or are predatory to women.”

Celeste counts as a mentor and source of inspiration her teacher Professor Yasmin Almonte, a shining model of what it means to be an artist, someone who selflessly gives art to the world. And Celeste encourages the younger generation, of all genders, to abide by this way of life.

To find something that consumes you, to find the fervor to chart your own path.