Cecile Johnson Soliz was born in Germany and grew up in Merced in the San Joaquin Valley in California. She also lived in Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Italy and Ghana before moving to Cardiff in 1975 to study on the Foundation course for one year at Cardiff College of Art. She later completed a B.A. and M.A. in Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London, where she lived for 20 years. She returned to Cardiff as the Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art & Design (1995-1997). She was Senior Lecturer, Head of Fine Art and Programme Leader in Sculpture at CSAD between 1998 and 2011. From 2013-2014 she was a recipient of a Major Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales.
In 2017 she was awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod and in 2018, won the Oriel Davies Open. Her most recent exhibition, ‘TWIST’ was at the Oriel Davies Gallery (summer 2019). ‘Exploratory Dances for Drawing and Sculpture’, launched the Cardiff Dance Festival 2019.
Cecile Johnson Soliz lives in Cardiff, Wales and works in her studio in the city centre. She regularly travels to the Continent, the US and throughout the UK.
Enquiries regarding studio visits, private commissions, art works on this site and visiting teaching are all welcome.