Maria Fernanda Cereceda is a Surrealist painter and portrait artist born in Guayaquil- Ecuador.

At early age  she had shown skills for drawing, painting and portraits.  Connected with nature and countryside through her family inheritance,  she learned to observe and translate it into her paintings with great realism and sensitivity.

To strengthen her knowledge of art,  she studied art history,  drawing,  painting and art restoration in her native Ecuador,  Italy and the United States with the help of renowned artists and teachers like Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, Nelson Shanks and Steven Assael in New York.

Her art is the result of internal processes that somehow are interconnected with the collective unconscious and the unlimited,  reflected through a figurative pictorial language,  with touches of  surrealism and magical realism,  vital and suggestive colors  that lead us to glimpse universes linked with the tangible and the intangible.  Nature,  coffee fruit,  parallel dimentions,  female archetipes  and female empowering are sources for her inspiration.

2003:  Was invited  at  D.U.M.B.O  Arts Festival in New York,  where she presented her collection titled  “The Keystone” the spiritual journey of a woman.

2005:   Held the exhibition  “Feminae”  in  Alianza Francesa,  Guayaquil-Ecuador,  which dealt with archetypal female images related with mythology.

2009:  Visited coffee farms in Panama and Ecuador and that was how the inspiration came to create a new series of paintings succesfully exhibited  at  Museo Nahim Isaias in Ecuador ( 2001),  the collection was  titled  “Return to the Origin”,  as its main theme was the coffee and their connection with nature and mankind.

2012:  Was interviewed about her art  by CNN network in Miami-U.S.A

2015:  She presented one of her paintings “Purity” as a gift  to His Holiness Pope Francis,  in the framework of his visit to the Jesuit community in Guayaquil- Ecuador.

Her art is currently in private collections in New York, Italy, Belgium, Panama and Ecuador.

Maria Fernanda lives in Quito-Ecuador, working on new paintings for her following exhibitions.