A poet, visual artist, and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile, Vicuña is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, and she exhibits and performs internationally. Her multi-dimensional works begin as an image that becomes a poem, a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance.
Her work is included in the collections of The Tate Gallery (London); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile (Santiago de Chile); The Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. She was appointed Messenger Lecturer 2015 at Cornell University, an honor bestowed on authors who contribute to the "Evolution of Civilization for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life." She lives in New York, where she co-founded oysi.org, a site for the oral cultures and poetries of the world. Cecilia Vicuña’s work is represented by England & Co Gallery in London.