“Something inside me pushed me to start painting.”

Cecilia Mendoza is an Italian-Argentinian artist based in Italy.

She started her artistic career in Buenos Aires in 2013. Her first individual exhibition, inspired by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, was presented at the "Borges Cultural Center" in 2016. The project was shown at the Argentine Consulate in Barcelona, where it was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, considered of cultural interest, and recommended by the Institute of Culture of Catalonia.

Drawing by Caroline Andrieu

After an initial period in Paris, where she studied Art at University Paris 8, she decided to settle in Italy.

From that period, she started focusing on vintage watches. It all began when she read the story of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona. She was so amazed by this story and the world around these vintage timepieces that she decided to read and research more about them. Finally, she started a series of paintings inspired by vintage watches. 

Her artworks are primarily hyper-realistic large-scale oil paintings on linen and colored wax pencils on paper. She loves to add different textures and color combinations to each artwork.

Cecilia’s artworks are in private collections all over the world and have been featured in “Forbes Argentina” magazine, HODINKEEWatchonista, Lady by GMT India and Watch Books Only.

In 2022, she started a collaboration with Watchfid, allowing collectors to see her paintings and drawings in their Milan office. Her drawing of a Rolex Daytona was featured in their Rolex Cosmograph Daytona book.

Her artworks are currently on display at the Bucherer stores in Bern and Zurich in collaboration with Startcollections.

She is focused on a series of drawings inspired by vintage icons and luxury objects.