Cyd, an only child, was born on January 30, 1980 to parents Loreta and Ernesto Francisco. She moved to the Middle East at the age of 5 and completed her primary and secondary education there before moving back alone to Manila at the age of 16. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from St. Paul College, Quezon City.
Without any formal education in the visual arts, Cyd is self-taught with a deep passion for her craft. Naturally unemotional and reserved, she pours her emotions in her paintings. They reflect her thoughts, feelings and desires. She paints at all hours of the day , but her favorite time is way past midnight, when the world sleeps. There you will find her, in the kitchen, paint brush in one hand, wine glass in the other, drinking, painting and talking to herself, like a mad scientist. This, she says, is when she creates her most passionate work.
Underneath the strict palette she limits her forms to – deep blacks, crackly whites and grayish hues- there is a wildness thrumming. It is as if a cage is about to crack open, an aching tension in the taut limbs, the arched curving spines, and up-turned jaws she gestures unto her canvasses are a statement that speak of the power of the feminine form; the beauty that reverberates like dancing heat from all those who chose to remain silent.