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"...Once the person is committed, consciously or unconsciously, a guide may appear or become known to them.
They may also receive a talisman imbued with power to help them on their way. This can come in many forms,
such as a staff or a sword."

The Far Side of Madness, Perry, John Weir




Ritualistic processes, talismans and the psychological healing effects they may hold, aiding to cope with the stress in the quotidian is the backbone of Cecilia Bullo’s practice. She explores how myth, common belief, religion and chronic brain disorder sufferers may hold responsible objects such as amulets or physical locations with healing or magical properties. With a reference to the Pagan/Christian ex-voto tradition and to the diverse manifestations of psycho-therapeutic objects, she questions how we relate to them in contemporary society. The materials used often hold conceptual properties and by juxtaposing formal sculptural elements and classical materials with manufactured and found objects, she attempts to achieve a contrasting yet harmonious aesthetic. To the core of her practice there are elements based on Sigmund Freud’s concept of the Uncanny which she try to convey in the work with the use of materials and imbue the work with a repulsion/attraction and strange/familiar feel. Although her work is mainly sculpture based, it incorporates different mediums.


Cecilia Bullo is an Irish/Italian artist based in Dublin. She studied Fine Art at IADT in Dunlaoghaire and Fine Art Sculpture at the Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan. In 2009 she received her MFA Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has exhibited in Ireland and internationally.











P.D.E. Visual Education, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, 2013

M.F.A. Fine Art Sculpture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 2009

B.A. Honor’s Fine Art Sculpture, Academy of Brera, Milan, 2006

Erasmus Programme, Fine Art Academy of Athens, Greece

Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture, IADT Dun Laoghaire



2020 Solo, Hillsboro Fine Art, Parnell Square, Dublin, IRL

Nov. 2019  Biomedia: Art, Disease and Medicine exhibition, curated by Felipe Osornio, Mertixell Rosell and Lula Criado, Museum of Contemporary Art Querétaro, Mexico


2019 The Question of Feeling at Home, curated by Moran Been-Noon, PS², Paragon Studios Project Space, Belfast, UK

2018 Cast, curated by Katriona Gillespie, Luan Gallery, Athlone, IRL

2018 RHA 188th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin, IRL

2018 Hermione 2018, curated by Aisling Prior, Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin, IRL

2018 Artrooms Fair Roma, selected by Gianluca Marziani, International Contemporary Art Fair, Church Palace Hotel, Rome, ITA

2018 Cabinet of Wonders, curated by Ian Wieczorek, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, IRL

2018 Ex-Voto the Body + Institution, curated by Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre, IRL

2017 VUE Art Fair Dublin 2017, RHA Gallery, Dublin, IRL

2017 SITE WORKS ’17, selected by Connie Byrne, Sinead Dowling, Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Jo Mangan, Carlow, IRL

2017 Transgender, Gender & Psychoanalysis, curated by Mandy Wax and Spencer Rowel, Draper Hall, London, UK

2015 OAK- reawakening a ghost of times past, curated by Pauline O’Connell, Killanure Castle, IRL

2014 Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin, IRL

2014 RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS, Dublin, IRL

2014 RHA 184 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IRL

2013 Selection Box, curated by Elaine Grainger & Aimee Nolan, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin, IRL

2013 RDS Student Art Awards, RDS, Dublin, IRL

2012 Fast Moving Consumer Goods, curated by Elaine Grainger and Claire Halpin, Talbot Gallery, Dublin, IRL

2012 ARTWIKI Project, curated by Pit Schultz, 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, GE

2012 Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin, IRL

2011 54th Venice Biennale, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and Francesca Valente, Italian Pavillion, Venice, ITA

2011 Fractures, Lines and Light, commissioned by Dublin City Council with Text by James Merrigan, Red Stables, Dublin, IRL

2010 NEU/NOW, Visual Art Festival, curated by Anthony Dean and Paula Crabtree. Selected as Irish representative for NCAD Fine Art Department, L’Atelier, Nantes, France, FR

2010 A Way of Collecting, Collective Contemporary Art, curated by Helen Carey, RDS, Dublin, IRL

2010 An Eire of the Senses, curated by James Ryan, World Expo, Irish Pavilion, Shanghai, P.R. China

2010 Claremorris Open ’10, curated by Lisa le Feuvre, Claremorris, IRL

2010 Solo, The Fractured Self, curated by Deirdre Morrissey and Claire Behan, text by Monica Flynn, talk by Philip Napier, The Market Studios and Italian Institute of Culture, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, IRL

2009 Solo, METANOIA, curated by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Custom House Studios, Westport, IRL

2009 Claremorris Open ’09, curated by Tom Morton, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, IRL

2009 MFA Degree Show, Digital Depot, Thomas Street, Dublin, IRL

2008 Unfurl, guest curator Gavin Murphy, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin, IRL

2007 Attraction, curated by Elaine Grainger, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Talbot Street, Dublin, IRL

2007 Iontas, curated by Michael Dempsey, Sligo Art Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, IRL

2007 Cead in China, curated by James Ryan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, P.R. China

2006 Solo, Wounds, curated by Sínead Halckett, Italian Cultural Institute, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, IRL

2006 Body of Work, curated by Shan McAnema, Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

2006 Engendered Species, curated by Karen Kleinfelder & Victoria Bryan, Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2006 Stone works, Gallery MK21, curated by Jan van de Pol, Hamburg, Germany, GE

2005 Gallery Donkersvoort, curated by Jan van de Pol, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, NL

2005 Salon, Museo Della Permanente, selected by art critic Luca Beatrice, Milan, ITA



2013 LAND: A Scarcity Banquet, collaboration with The Prosperity Project, a durational conference and permanent artwork by artist Jesse Jones in collaboration with MOUTH, Create Ireland & the South Korean Society of Ireland, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, IRL



2020 FSAS Residential Studio, Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin

2019 Professional Development Scheme Grant, DLR COCO, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council

2019 Access Programme, RHA School, RHA, Dublin

2014 RDS Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin, 1st prize winner in the Stone-carving category

2010 Neu/Now Festival, selected as Irish representative, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2009-2012 Awarded Graduate Studio at the Red Stables Artists’ Studios, Dublin City Council

2007 Arts Council of Ireland Travel Award



2008 Custom House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo

2003 International Sculpture Symposium, Irish representative, Teulada, Italy, ITA

2003 Wood Carving Symposium Residency, University of Art & Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, CZ



2018 Intersecting Interests, Opinions, reviews, practice, and reading, Cast at Luan, Dec 8, Moran-Been Noon,

Link: https://intersectinginterests.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/cast-at-luan/

2018 Human bodies taken over by anxiety, Ex-Voto: the Body + the Institution, The Irish Times, Feb 21, Aidan Dunne,

Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/human-bodies-taken-over-by-anxiety-1.3395041

2018 Putting Pain in Perspective, The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Feb 11, Cristín Leach,

Link: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ex-voto-the-body-the-institution-galway-arts-centre-gzps983dp

2018 The best art exhibitions this week: Grayson Perry at the RHA, Encounters between the human and institutional, plus a

history of Dublin in nine maps, EX-VOTO: the body + the institution, Jan 20, The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne

Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/the-best-art-exhibitions-this-week-grayson-perry-at-therha1.3356188

2018 In The Picture: The Body + The Institution at Galway Arts Centre, Jan 22, RTE Culture,

Link: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2018/0122/935125-in-the-picture-ex-voto-at-galway-arts-centre/

2016 Square in Circle, Curios About: Wound X by Cecilia Bullo, Dublin Inquirer, Feb 24,

Link: https://www.dublininquirer.com/2016/02/24/curios-about-wound-x-by-cecilia-bullo

2015 Cecilia Bullo, blending human physiology, medicine and philosophy, CLOT-Art, Science&Technology Magazine London,

Dec 28, Merixell Rosell, Link: http://www.clotmag.com/cecilia-bullo

2010 CCA: Collective Contemporary Art, Nov 5, The Irish Times, Nov 5, Aidan Dunne,

Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/cca-collective-contemporary-art-1.673199

2009 Taking art beyond fixed boundaries, The Irish Times, Jun 10, Aidan Dunne,

Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/taking-art-beyond-fixed-boundaries-1.780898

2008  Inner Space: Science fiction and Irish Art:Towards a new psychology, Circa 124, Summer 2018, Chris Fite-Wassilak

Link: https://circaartmagazine.website/wp/wp-content/from%20VAC/PDFFiles/32299_124/circa124.pdf