Born in New York and raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Arlette Cepeda comes from a matriarchal family. Her work is inspired by her life experiences and is emotionally charged. Although focused on the self, the work presents universal feelings with which the viewer can relate to. In her artwork, Cepeda utilizes a simple vocabulary of symbols that straightforwardly communicates her ideas, characterized by a vivid color pallet and a narrative composition. For Cepeda, creating art is a way of releasing emotions that transform into a palpable object, a depository that allows her to continue life’s journey.
As a child, Cepeda studied music and visual arts. After finishing high school, she moved back to New York City to pursue a career in the visual arts. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2004. Since then, she has participated in various collective exhibits and won an honorable mention in the XXIII Visual Arts Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, DR.
Cepeda has been a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council and PS/IS 111, the Administrative Director of CAS/AileyCamp Staten Island and Public Relations Assistant for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Arlette gained much wholesale and retail experience at Petrossian Caviar. In 2011, Cepeda and husband, Homero Herrera, ventured to open a virtual store on Etsy, called Clouds on Feet. There they sell handmade jewelry created by both artists. You can take a look here: www.cloudsonfeet.etsy.com. She currently works at Wagner College, as the Associate Director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.
Arlette Cepeda has three wonderful children and a husband that also happens to be an incredible visual artist. Please take a moment to visit his website at www.hherrerachez.com