Celia de Villiers born in South Africa is an artist, educator and co-director of Ponte d’ Arte, Portugal.
She holds a MA in Visual Arts Cum laude (UNISA), BA Fine Art (UNISA) with distinction and a Higher Education Diploma (Wits). She has exhibited extensively, locally and abroad and curates/adjudicates exhibitions and has been a Standard Bank Resident Artist at the National Arts festival.
Her sculptures in various media are in permanent collections such as the Raiffeisen Bank, Germany, Le Tousserok Sun International Hotel, Mauritius, Development Bank of South Africa, UNISA, Michigan State University, and the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
The artist travels to venues outside Gauteng to facilitate and consult for the Arts Inter Action community outreach initiative and was a board member of the Enviroserv WasteArt Foundation for 8 years. De Villiers was nominated as a finalist for the Woman of Substance (Mosadi wa Kono-kono) by the Gauteng provincial government in 2006 and was a University of South Africa nominee for the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year and the winner of Ekurhuleni Mayoral Achievers Award for Job Creation in the Arts and Crafts sector during 2006. She received a marketing excellence award from UNISA in 2009 and served on the Advisory Board for craft of the South African Department of Arts and Culture from 2008-2010.