Beyond the canvas with Celia Gallego in Madrid

Sonder Spotlight is a series showcasing some of our favorite (and talented!) guests. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, whose story is better to share than that of emerging visual artist Celia Gallego? Read on to learn more about the Spanish painter and her top creative hubs in Madrid.

Born in Valladolid and based in Madrid, Celia is a self-trained artist sharing her work on social media. Although relatively new on the scene, she has exhibited at Espacio Cómplices, Galería Montsequi, and Whitelab Madrid. Deeply rooted in the new surrealism movement, Celia’s oil portraits are often striking in their vivid colors, rich textures, and exploration of the dichotomy of external beauty and internal complexities — especially in the case of her female subjects. 

Given this subject matter, it’s all the more interesting that Celia chooses to share her process on platforms like TikTok. By sharing the development of her canvases on camera, Celia allows an insight into her inspirations and the inner workings of an artistic mind. Check out her go-to spots for IRL inspiration in Madrid below.

Celia’s go-to creative hubs

Save this convenient map of Celia’s favorite spots for your next trip to Madrid.

La Casa Encendida 

A cultural center near Atocha promoting a wide variety of local and contemporary art in the capital.


A gallery near the Bernabeu stadium where Celia first began to exhibit. Representing both established and emerging artists, they host a new exhibition every month.


A neighborhood on the city center outskirts that’s become an artists’ quarter in recent years. Explore studios open for public visits along with galleries like Veta — one of the best for visual art in Madrid, according to Celia.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Celia’s favorite museum in Madrid, hosting an impressive collection of modern European art. Located next to the Prado Museum near El Retiro park, it’s the perfect addition to any artistic itinerary.

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