San Rafael, CA
I am a self-taught mosaic artist. My interest in mosaics began when I started collecting Italian micro mosaics from the 19th and 20th centuries. As I read about this ancient art form, I became fascinated by it.
In 2017, I started making mosaics after taking some classes by a local mosaic artist.
The inspiration for my first mosaic came from the movie “Coco,” an animated film that follows the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. I created a skull named Coco. This was the beginning of my first mosaic collection, which I named the “Day of the Dead Collection.” The collection has 10 pieces that represent skulls from different countries where I have travelled for work or pleasure.
I always enjoyed art as a viewer, not as a creator. Now I am having a great time making mosaics. When I sit at my studio at home and begin thinking about the next mosaic, time passes by quickly. I am curious and excited, I feel pure joy and in those moments I connect with the deeper parts of my soul. I know I have just opened the door to something new in my life that will only grow as time passes.
I decided to share my story and my art with viewers, just in case there are people like me who did not know they had a creative part inside themselves. It is never too late to start something new. I have learned it requires courage, humility and support from others. I hope to bring peace and enjoyment with my art!
Celina Pagani-Tousignant is the president and founder of Normisur International, an international management-consulting firm that specializes in Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Talent Development and Executive Coaching.
Celina has a strong global presence with clients in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Celina’s goal is to create social change by building bridges between companies, governments, NGOs, communities, and people from diverse backgrounds and forging relationships across cultural chasms.
Born and raised in Uruguay, South America, Celina speaks Spanish, English and French fluently, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a MFT license, a Life Coach certification from John F. Kennedy University and an Integral Coach® certification from New Ventures West. Her corporate career spans 23 years, at large global and national companies such as Chevron Texaco, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Levi Strauss & Co.
Day of The Dead Collection: Beautiful Flower Crown: Polish Tradition with a Contemporary Twist (8 of 12 mosaics)