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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 abroad.







Professional Diploma in Visual Education (PDE), National College of Art & Design,  Dublin


Master in Fine Art Sculpture (MFA), National College of Art and Design, Dublin


Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Sculpture, (BA) Honours, Fine Art Academy of Brera, Milan, Italy


Scholarship, Fine Art Academy of Athens, Greece


Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin


Upcoming exhibitions 2019:

Solo exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art, Parnell Square, Dublin, curated by John Daly

Domesticality, 04 – 23 February 2019 – PS², Paragon Studios Project Space, Belfast, curated by Moran Been-Noon


Solo Exhibitions


The Fractured Self, curated by Deirdre Morrissey and Claire Behan. The Market Studios, Unit H Exhibition and Project Space, Dublin and Italian Institute of Culture, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. Text by Monica Flynn and talk by Philip Napier


METANOIA curated by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Custom House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo


Wounds, Italian Cultural Institute, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin


Selected Group Exhibitions


CAST, Group exhibition, Luan Gallery, Athlone, curated by Aedin McGinn and Katriona Gillespie

RHA 188th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin

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

Artrooms Fair Roma, International Contemporary Art Fair, Church Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy

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


VUE Art Fair Dublin 2017, RHA Gallery, Dublin

SITE WORKS ’17 , open call, Carlow Town,  selected by Connie Byrne, Arts Facilitator, Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer, Carlow County Council, Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curator SITE WORKS ‘17 and Jo Mangan, Festival Director

Transgender, Gender & Psychoanalysis – An Exhibition, open call, Draper Hall, London, UK, curated by Mandy Wax and Spencer Rowell

Cabinet of Wonders, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland, curated by Ian Wieczorek


CLOT magazine, featured in London based online magazine dedicated to Art explorations into Science & Technology,

article by Meritxell Rosell Link:  www.clotmag.com/cecilia-bullo

Dublin Inquirer, Curios about: Wound X by Cecilia Bullo, Square in the middle, February 24

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


OAK, Open Art Killanure, ‘reawakening a ghost of times past’, curated by Pauline O’Connell, Killanure Castle, Co. Tipperary


RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, selected winners, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Selection Box, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin, curated by Elaine Grainger

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin

RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin, 1st prize winner in the stone-carving category

RHA 184 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Hive Emerging, curated by Brian Sullivan, Hive Galleries & Studios, Waterford


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

2013 RDS Student Art Awards, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin

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


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

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

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin


54th  Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italia, Venice, Italy and I.C.I Dublin, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and Francesca Valente

Fractures, Lines and Light, Red Stables, Dublin. Commissioned by Dublin City Council with Text by James Merrigan


NEU/NOW Visual Art Festival, L’Atelier, Nantes, France, curated by Anthony Dean and Paula Crabtree. Selected as Irish representative for N.C.A.D. Fine Art Department

A WAY OF COLLECTING, Collective Contemporary Art, RDS, Dublin, curated by Helen Carey

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

Claremorris Open ’10, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, curated by Lisa le Feuvre


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

MFA Degree Show, Digital Depot, Thomas Steet, Dublin


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


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

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

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


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

Engendered Species, Gatov&Merlino Galleries, Long Beach, California, U.S.A., curated by Karen Kleinfelder and Victoria Bryan

Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Dr Karen Kleinfelder and Victoria Bryan

Gallery MK21, Hamburg, Germany, curated by Jan van de Pol


Gallery Exelmans, Neeroeteren, Belgium, curated by Jan van de Pol
Gallery Donkersvoort, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, curated by Jan van de Pol
Museo Della Permanente, Milan, Italy. Selected by art critic Luca Beatrice




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


Neu/Now Festival, ELIA, (the European League of Institutes of the Arts), Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Awarded Graduate Studio at the Red Stables Artists Studios, Dublin City Council


Arts Council of Ireland Travel Award


Selected Recent Residencies


Custom House Studios, Westport, Co.Mayo


International Sculpture Symposium, Irish Representative, Teulada, Italy
Wood Carving Symposium, University of Art &Technology,Brno,Czech Republic


International Sculpture Symposium, Rethimnio, Crete, Greece
Stone Carving Symposium, Grancona, Vicenza, Italy




CCA: Collective Contemporary Art, Friday, November 5, 2010, Aidan Dunne



Taking art beyond fixed boundaries, Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Aidan Dunne