ALICIA PAZ
Brujas y cotorras
210x170 cm
Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas
2006
Who is she? The question is based on artists' self-scepticism in searching for the significance of ego and exploring a mysterious
introspection via the reflected internal/ psychological mirror. Paz's alter egos are thus made up of a multitude of fragments,
reconfiguring into crystalline, kaleidoscopic structures. These amorphous beings are projected onto her canvases, conducting a
constant transformation within a self-identifying process. The protagonists of Paz's paintings often become creators in their own
worlds where the self, the reflected self and reproduced multiple-selves appear. The paintings present a complex fusion of time
and space cutting across various pop-culture influences, as well contemporary horror films and haute couture. The glamorous
faces of the figures are painted cut outs from glossy magazines which draw the viewers' attention instantly and function as
mystifying masks of profound beauty in contrast to the figures' monstrous bodies.
EDUCATION

1985-1989        
University of California, Berkeley, USA, B.A. Mass Communications, B.A. Art Practice

1992-1996        
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France, DNSAP “Distinction”
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA

1999-2000        
Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom,“Postgraduate Diploma”

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1991        
Château de Gaillon, Normandy, France

1992        
Foyer International d’Accueil Jean Monnet, Paris, France

1993        
Visart, Itinéraires d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

1994        
Galerie Municipale, Vitry-sur Seine, France (catalogue)

1996        
Manufacture des Œillets, Ivry, France

1997        
Vidal-St.Phalle Gallery, Paris, France (catalogue)
Casa Lamm Cultural Center, Mexico city, Mexico (catalogue)

1998        
Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Mexico City

2000        
Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Paris, France (catalogue)

2005        
Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina (catalogue)

2006        
Houldsworth Gallery, London

2007        
Unit 2 Gallery, London Metropolitan University, London, England (publication)(forthcoming)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1998        
Tamayo Museum Biennale, Oaxaca,  Mexico (cataloque)
Out of Portrait, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Paris, France

1999        
ZAC 99 , Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France. Collaboration
directed by  «Bureau d’Etudes » and Jota Castro (catalogue)
Nous nous sommes tant aimés…, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris(cat.)
Vivre Paris, D. des Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris, Espace Electra, Paris (catalogue)
Peindre la Peinture, Hanlim Museum & Centre Culturel  Français de Séoul, Korea (catalogue)
Sous la grisaille de Mexico, La Capella, Barcelona, Spain & Passage de Retz, Paris

2000        
Comme par enchantement ! Centre d’Art Contemporain de Saint Priest, France
Continental Shift-Laboratorium, Ludwig Forum , Aachen, Germany (catalogue)        
London Biennale, curated by David Medalla: collaborative project/website “Missing”- with artists Jota Castro,
Carmela Uranga Tamayo Museum Biennial, Oaxaca, Mexico (catalogue)
Visiting Artists Open Studio, Gasworks, London, England
Art Mart, 291 Gallery, London, England
Flor y Canto, Mexican Cultural Center, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, CA (travelling exhibit)

2002        
L’Ame des objets, l’Esprit des choses, Château Borély, Marseilles, France
Des beaux lendemains, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Paris, France
Mogador, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, England; curated by Itzel Vargas
Recent Graduates, AAF and Inside Space, Selfridges, London; curated by Maria von Kohler

2003        
Phillipe Fretz, Alicia Paz, Anne-Marie Pécheur,  Galerie Athanor, Marseille    
Speedy Gonzales is German, Playing with Stereotypes, U. of Hertfordshire, England  (cat.)   
Curated by Alejandro Pintado
Objet/Reflexion, Lycee Galilee; Cergy-St. Christophe;  curated by FRAC Ile de France
Visiones, work by four Mexican artists,  College Albert Chatelet, Douai, France
L’Enjeu du Jeu, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Paris, France, curated by Rémy Marlot
Nth art, Exhibit.001, OLS & CO, London, England

2004        
3D, Samuel Choisy, Andreas Hirsch, Alicia Paz,  Maus Habitos, Porto, Portugal
Du Corps à l’Image, Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel &Florence Guerlain,  France
EAST International, Norwich, England. Selectors :Neo Rauch, Gerd Harry Lybke  
Mind the Gap, Sponsored by British Council, Triangle Trust, Marseille
Draw_drawing, Gallery 32, London
Caution, Uneven Surfaces, Temporary Contemporary, London , curated by Anthony Gross
The Deconstructed Landscape, Art House, McAllen, Texas, USA
Réécritures, curated by Lycée Galilée / FRAC Ile de France ,  Cergy St. Christophe, France

2005        
Flea Market , Temporary- Contemporary, London
Painting Unperfect, Gordon Cheung, Peter Lamb, Justin Mortimer, Alicia Paz    
Houldsworth Gallery, London
Pilot, 100 curators nominate 100 artists, Farmiloe building, London  

2006
Sardanapale Syndrom, Enrique Marty, Rine Banerjee, Alicia Paz,
Galerie Dukan & Hourdequin, Marseilles, France                           

AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

1991        
Premier Prix de Peinture, Maison des Arts, Evreux, France

1993        
Prix de Peinture Talens, Paris, France
Harriet Hale Woolley Foundation Scholarship, USA
Prix spécial du Concours d’Art International Schlumberger, France (catalogue)
Prix de la Ville de Vitry-sur-Seine, France

1995        
Erasmus scholarship, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
Prix Perrier Jouët: artist’s residency in Epernay, France   
Prix de Peinture Louis-Vuitton-Moët Hennessy: artist’s residency in New-York City
Cité Internationale des Arts-artist’s residency, Paris, France

1997        
Prix de la Fondation Roger Bataille, France
Prix de la Ville de Valognes, Normandy, France (catalogue)
“Aide à la Première Exposition”, “Délégation aux Arts Plastiques”, France
“Aide au Projet”, “Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris”, France

1998        
Publication grant awarded by ENSB-A Paris, France  
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Maine, USA

1999        
Study Grant awarded by  “Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes” (FONCA), Mexico
“Delfina Studio Trust Residency Award”, London, England
«Full Fellowship Award » Vermont Studio Center, USA

2001        
Gasworks Artist’s Residency, London, England
Grant Awarded by « Fondo Nacional para la cultura y las Artes »(FONCA), Mexico

2002        
Triangle France, Artist’s Residency, La Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseilles, France
Cité Internationale des Arts,  Artist’s Residency, Paris, France
Shortlisted by Sadie Coles Gallery for the Guardian/Observer Award, UK

COLLECTIONS

Cerès Museum, France
Hanlim Museum, Taejon, Korea
City of Vitry-sur-Seine, France
City of Valognes, France
“Fond Municipal d’Art Contemporain”, City of Paris, France
“Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain d’Ile de France” (FRAC)
Corporations: Lafuma, Schlumberger        
Private collections : Great-Britain, Mexico, France, USA, Spain, Argentina

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