About the Artist
Cynthia Colis captures both the corporeal and the ethereal qualities of the subjects she paints, be it musicians at their trade, innocent youths, or the creatures of the natural world. Her work radiates the energy and emotions of their animate moments. Critics describe her artistic style as instantly disarming and demonstrating exquisite brushwork with a painterly modeling of tones.
For many years, Colis has striven to live minimally and to reduce her impact on the earth. She appreciates the philosophy that life does not have to be complex and believes that art need not be complex either. Recently, she takes a less-is-more approach with her paintings allowing a simple and light color palette, airy textures, and negative space to span the canvas. The result is captivating. For instance, the animals in her modern farm series have a silent strength and stand for the idea that we are all creatures of this earth connected to nature and are deserving of peace, gentleness, and compassion.
Born in Vietnam and raised in the Philippines and Louisiana, Colis began to appreciate art early in her youth from watching her father paint at his easel. In this way, she began to learn to paint from a young age. She received her BA in Fine Art from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette prior to moving to California to pursue painting full-time. Previously, Colis studied with the internationally recognized and award-winning Slovenian artist, Joze Ciuha, in Sipan, Croatia. Currently, Colis lives and works in San Diego, California.