Contemporary Landscapes of Artist Cecil K
Born to Uzbekistan in 1963, Cecil K got an immediate start on understanding various cultures. Being of Turkish descent, he came to speak both Turkish and Uzbek as he attended high school then an art university from 1978 to 1982. While he was in college, he created a drawing called The Horse, and he received the best grade possible, inspiring the artist to pursue his natural talent. From that day on, sketching with a pencil became one of his favorite ways to express himself. It would be a few years of technical jobs in the army and then in a metal factory before he would be able to refocus the majority of his mind’s eye on the arts.
After several drastic transitions, Cecil K found himself painting more regularly and with a greater emotional depth than ever before. He began painting with acrylics to achieve his signature bright colors. Landscapes started with an open mind, and the artist was guided, where the painting wanted him to go. He would begin by choosing the colors and shapes of colors and feel where the original was destined to be. Armed with nothing but a pallet knife and the seven base colors, he can create very recognizable art work that portrays excellent emotion and in any color imaginable.
In April 2005, political problems in Russia forced him to immigrate to the United States under refugee status. Cecil, his wife, and now their two children arrived in the U.S. and with the help of family already here, made their way to Atlanta. Cecil went through a difficult time of emotional conflict upon arriving in the U.S. He found himself painting more often and with a greater depth than ever before. He paints using acrylics, and his vibrant use of color is his signature look. An acquaintance suggested he begin selling his artwork to local galleries, and he realized it hadn't occurred to him before. He made a living selling his artwork for the first time, and he remembers this as the most exciting time of his life.- Cecil K