Cynthia Grow is a visual artist whose work explores the interstices between art and language. She received a degree in Contemporary Painting and Ancient Painting Techniques from Accademia d’Arte in Florence, Italy and has completed projects at residencies throughout Italy and Spain, as well as New York Studio School, National Academy School of Fine Art, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition to studio training, she completed a program in Modern & Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education New York and holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in 20th Century arts and literature from University of South Florida. Cynthia’s work is represented in private and corporate collections and has been exhibited in U.S. cities such as New York, Miami, and Philadelphia, and in galleries and cultural spaces in Europe, including Florence, Rome, Madrid, and Barcelona. She divides her time between Barcelona, Spain and the United States.


Artist Statement

“My work is informed by literature, poetry, philosophy, film, and of course, my own experiences. I explore the interstices between art and language, engaging themes of ambiguity, memory, identity, desire, and complex interpersonal relationships. I prefer to play on the idea of the hidden, the unspoken, the things felt but unseen.

Increasingly, am spending long periods of time in Barcelona, the autonomous region in Spain known as Catalunya. The rich Catalan literary heritage and the Catalan Independence movement have come to deeply and profoundly influence my work. My most recent and current work addresses the Catalan experience viewed through the lens of Catalan poetry, particularly the works of 20th Century writers labouring under the harsh censorship laws of the Franco regime.

Lately, I have been working on smaller-scale works on paper and canvas. I paint over found texts – old books, magazines, newspapers, maps, and photos – obliterating the original words and images with a thin layer of paint. The paint forms a ground from which I tease out words and imagery. As the paint field dries, the obscured words and images begin to rise to the surface. Finally, I paint or write fragments of text removed from their original context on the dried paint ground. The paintings subvert and transform language, creating a new form. The pieces become a palimpsest of sorts – secret words and hidden images as metaphor for the ghosts that exist in all of us.

In the end, ambiguity is always the theme I seem to return to. Searching for something haunting in the work, perhaps in a place, maybe in the other, but mostly, I imagine, in myself.”