Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media

Cristóbal Cea

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media
Region: Santiago Metropolitana, CHILE
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016, 2023

Cristóbal Cea is an artist and educator working at the intersection, both materially and conceptually, of the virtual and analog realms. His works are often rooted on examining historical contradictions and finding paradoxical ways of representing them through a hybrid mixture of 3D animation, sculpture, and painting.

Cea’s works have been shown at Konsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), Museum of Fine Arts (Chile), and other venues worldwide. He’s received a Fulbright scholarship, the MAVI Contemporary Art Award, and a Daynard Travel Grant from Tufts University.

He’s taught 3D Animation at New York University, and has been a professor at the Film/Animation/Video department at Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Department at Merrimack College.

During his first MacDowell Fellowship he was at work on “Ghosts,” a series of pieces expanding short news clips of global events using 3D imagery. He also developed animations and worked on a site-specific edit of Ghosts of Concordia. At MacDowell in 2023, Cea worked on a series of landscape paintings for his first solo show in the United States at the Mills Gallery of Boston Center for the Arts.



Cristóbal Cea worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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