Del Toro is an international recognized artist who is an American
citizen born in Colombia. She was a U.S.A. and
Colombia Art Representative in the Biennale International of
Contemporary Arts in Florence, Italy and Izmir, Turkey. In
addition, Cecilia Del Toro has exhibited and continues to exhibit
her artwork in Art Museums and Galleries around the world. Some
of her paintings are part of the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art
Permanent Collection. Dr. Del Toro's artwork has been published in numerous art books, catalogs, and
She is a very versatile artist who
masters oil painting, jewelry and metals, pen and ink, glass, ceramic and porcelain painting. It was her love for music, dance,
poetry and nature that eventually prevailed and led her to devote
her full time to the Arts.
creativity are the foundations of her artwork. Dr. Del Toro's
display artistic originality and scientific precision. As an accomplished general doctor and
surgeon in her native Colombia, Cecilia published
books and gave seminars about Neuro-linguistic
Programming (NLP). Now, she uses the same skill and passion in
her artwork. Cecilia began her
formal art training as a porcelain painter in Hamburg, Germany in 2000. In 2003, Cecilia moved
to Rockville, Maryland, where she received an AA in Arts and Sciences
and certified jewelry and metal smith at
Montgomery College. As a student at M.C., she was honored with several
awards for her artistic work, with particular emphasis in the areas of
painting and jewelry.
A key feature in
Dr. Del Toro's work is her use of sunlight and color, which she
regards as "perhaps the main characteristic of her
artwork." "Light and
color are particularly important to me," explains Cecilia, "because
they reflect my inner self, along with my intense love for Nature and
all its creatures".
enjoys 'naturalism' and 'sensuality,' and she loves to paint faces.
Among the Old Masters, she is a fervent admirer of Michelangelo, Raphael
and Titian. She also holds great admiration for the Impressionists, in
particular for the lives and work of Renoir and Monet -- even though she
admits to prefer to integrate a marked sense of spirituality in her own
Cecilia likes to explain that her love for Art started at the moment she
was born. "Art comes from my ancestors; it is in my genes," she says. Cecilia was born in
Plato, Department of the Magdalena, in Colombia, a place known as the
"Crocodile Man City" -- a prosperous city with a rich and
intense folklore and active cultural life. As a young
adolescent, Cecilia moved from her provincial Plato to the more
cosmopolitan city of Barranquilla, where she came to know, and to
love, its famous "Carnival" -- a popular festival of colors and rhythm.
Soon she was at home in the richer cultural environment, enjoying not
only the sunny and colorful tones of the Caribbean islands she often
portrays in her work, but also the local tropical rhythms, particularly Salsa and Cuban music, to which she loves to dance to this
day. Actually, she is a current resident of the sunshine state of Florida.