Tampa’s art scene is about to be graced with the debut of Cristina Cernicenco, a photographer whose work delves deep into the realms of femininity and sensuality. With a career spanning over two decades, Cernicenco stands not merely as a photographer but as an artist who magnifies the profound elements of femininity in her art.
An Artistic Revelation
Cernicenco’s journey to becoming an artist was catalyzed by a transformative visit to the MET. Embracing Tenebrism, she uses shadows not just as an absence of light but as a medium to convey passion and story. Her approach is a captivating dance with darkness, allowing emotions to surface unjudged.
Empowerment and Self-Discovery Through the Lens
Cernicenco’s photography is more than just capturing images; it’s a tool for empowerment and self-discovery. She aims to assist her audience in embracing their authentic selves, and finding joy and acceptance in her liberating portrayal of sensuality.
European Influences and Local Inspirations
Her European roots, coupled with the architectural beauty of cities like Amsterdam and Brussels, heavily influenced her artistic sensibility. Ybor City, with its historical charm, is her next muse, promising a fusion of local narratives with her unique vision.
Navigating the Creative Process
In her artistic voyage, Cernicenco has faced challenges and learned the importance of mental health and self-care. Her experience with burnout has taught her valuable lessons in maintaining balance and resilience.
Redefining Success and Overcoming Self-Doubt
Cernicenco’s notion of success is personal and evolving. Despite self-doubt, her recent invitation to showcase her work in a gallery marks a significant milestone. Her journey reflects the bravery and vulnerability of the artistic process.
A Fusion of Photography and UX Design
Cernicenco’s artistry extends beyond photography, influencing her studies in UX design. She sees art as a medium for emotional expression and fostering societal compassion and unity.
Inspiration in Tranquility
While Tampa’s vibrant party scene contrasts with her preference for family life’s intimacy, it offers her a wellspring of inspiration. She credits fellow artist Chase Parker for inspiring her to dream and aim higher in the art world.
A Message to Aspiring Artists
Cernicenco’s parting advice is simple yet profound: “Don’t be afraid to dream.” Her journey stands as an inspiration, encouraging emerging artists to embrace both the light and the beautiful darkness of their artistic paths.