Artistic biography

Paula Carralero Bierzynska was born in Madrid in 1991 and grew up in Pamplona, near the Pyrenees. She studied translation in Madrid, Leipzig and Montreal with the Excellence Scholarship of the Comunidad de Madrid, the Erasmus Scholarship and the Mobilidad Internacional Scholarship. After working in Mexico City, she moved to Berlin in 2013, where she studied painting with Nader Ahriman at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin from 2013 to 2020 as a diploma and masters student.

During her studies, she exhibited at Haus des Berliner Rundfunks, Projektraum Bethanien, Neukölln Arkaden, Bar Babette, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Kunstverein Uelzen, Kühlhaus Berlin, and also internationally at Muzeum Woli in Warsaw, La Ciudadela and Centro Huarte in Pamplona, and Sala Pérez de la Riva in Madrid in Spain. She has also been awarded the Mart Stam Stipendium, the Mart Stam Prize, the Mittenmang Project Grant, and the Premio Encuentros Arte Joven. Her artist books have been presented at the Berlin Art Book Fair at Hamburger Bahnhof and the Missread Art Book Fair at the Akademie der Künste. In addition, her work was published by Textem Verlag in 2016.

After graduating, she received the Neustart Kultur scholarship (2020), the Kickstarter grant for graduates of state art colleges from the Stiftung Kunstfonds (2022), and the bridge scholarship for entry into doctoral studies from Bauhaus Universität Weimar (2023). She was also nominated for the Young Art Award and the Art Award Germany (2021) and received the studio grant of the Kulturwerk bbk Berlin (since 2021). She participated in residencies at Begehungen, Chemnitz; Centro Huarte, Pamplona, Spain (both 2021); Künstlerhaus Edenkoben and at the Powidoki, Kaliska, Poland (both 2022). Her first solo exhibition was held at weisser elefant gallery in Berlin (2021). Other exhibitions have also been held at Rathaus-Galerie Reinickendorf, Galerie Ebensperger with Radio Cashmere, Lage Egal, Kino Krokodil, Spoiler, Volkssolidarität Mitte, Galerie Parterre at Kunstverein Neukölln and Atelieretage AR29 in Berlin, Kunstverein Marburg, Galerie Depelmann (Hannover), Güterbahnhof Altendorf (Chemnitz), Galerie das Gute Leben (Kandel, Rhineland-Palatinate), Biels (St. Gillis Waas, Belgium), at the town hall in Kaliska (Poland), and at the PHuN Symposium (Arizona, United States). In 2023, she realised an installation for the Soteria at St. Hedwig Hospital in Berlin. In 2024, further exhibitions are planned at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Retramp Gallery in Berlin.

Artist Statement

My work is concerned with the question of how human perception differs from machine perception. Instead of looking at the world from fixed points, the point of view with two human eyes is fluid and consists of different, sometimes contradictory, perspectives.

For this endeavour, I paint what I see through transparent material (glass, mobile phone displays, computer screens, plexiglass, and most recently organza silk). During the process, my eyes move around the space, and as a result, the viewpoint becomes open, and the edges of the image curvy, reminiscent of the anatomy of our eyes.

I paint mostly on location and over months in long series. Each series deals with the relationship between people and sometimes abandoned, temporary or converted buildings.

In installing the works, I ask myself how painting can strongly transform the original architectural space through reduced resources and thereby influence human well-being.

CV

 1991, Madrid
Lives and works in Berlin
 Education
2020

Master of Fine Arts, Kunsthochschule Berlin with Nader Ahriman

2019

Fine Arts, painting, at Kunsthochschule Berlin with Heiner Franzen, Friederike Feldmann, Werner Liebmann, Nader Ahriman

2013

Translation and Interpreting, Graduate work about intercultural mediation and literary translation about migrant literature, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

International MAEC Scholarship at Université de Montréal, Canada.

Erasmus Scholarship at Universität Leipzig, Germany

 Solo and duo exhibitions
2022

2021
«Auf… auf… und hinein» Kunst in der Landschaft, das Gute Leben, Kandel (duo exhibition with Marie Gouil)
Rescate, Erlösung, Galerie Weisser elefant, Berlin
Tagebuch, Mehr Mitte, Berlin
2020

Paradise Lost , Heizkraftwerk Steglitz, Berlin

 
2022
Group exhibitions (selection)

Under Construction, Brunnentreff, Berlin
Stadt Land Fluss, AR29, Berlin
2021Sonderlage III, Lage egal

Liebe arbeit Kino, Rausproject

Ipso facto, Kühlhaus, Berlin

Sonderlage total, Lage egal

Begehungen Chemnitz

Offene Ateliers, Atelieretage Reinickendorf

Begegnungsstätte Mehr Mitte, Berlin

Mart Stam Preis, Galerie Parterre

Under Kunstruction, Biels,  St Gillis Waas

Nachbarschaftszentrum «Bürger für Bürger» Berlin

Kunstpreis Deutschland, Galerie Depelmann, Hannover

Your touch makes the waves, Radio Cashmere, Berlin

Mart Stam Preis, Marburger Kunstverein
2020

Förderpreis Junge Kunst, Rathaus Reinickendorf, Berlin

A factory of one’s own, Heizkraftwerk Steglitz, Berlin

In to through out, Spoiler, Berlin

Your foodprint, Heizkraftwerk Steglitz, Berlin

Abschlussausstellung, Kühlhaus, Berlin (delayed)

Mart Stam Preis, Künstlerraum Bethanien, Berlin (delayed)

PHuN Symposium 2020, ASU, Arizona, USA

2019

Certamen Nacional de Grabado José Caballero, Las Rozas, Madrid

Halbschatten II, Neukölln Arcaden, Berlin

Perfekte Zustände, XLane, Berlin

-188 + x(Balzac), Kunstverein Uelzen, Uelzen

Fundraising Ausstellung mit 50 Künstler/innen der KHB Berlin, Galerie Irrgang, Berlin

2018

Certamen Nacional de Grabado Jose Caballero, Las Rozas, Madrid

948 Merkatua, mercado de las artes de Navarra, Pamplona

Encuentros Jóvenes Artistas, Centro Huarte, Huarte

Growing through the grids, Bar Babette, Berlin

Drucksache, Galerie Pankow, Berlin

Gestell, Erratum Galerie, Berlin

2017

Böse Blüten, Projektraum Bethanien, Berlin.

2016

Certamen Nacional de Grabado José Caballero, Las Rozas, Madrid

Encuentros Jóvenes Artistas, La Ciudadela, Pamplona

Quelltext, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam

Per Anhalter, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin

Missread Art Book fair, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

2015

Die Vermessung der Zeit, Hermanshof Vöcksen, Hannover

Ravensbrück, 10. Europäische Sommer-Universität Ravensbrück

Art Book Fair, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin

Capilatus, Haus des Berliner Rundfunks, Berlin

2014

Unerhörte Räume, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin

Yo no soy de Tepito, Tepito es mío, Morgenrot Café, Berlin

 Prizes, scholarships and residencies
2020 Neustart Kultur, Stiftung Kunstfonds

Förderpreis Junge Kunst (selected)

2019

Mart Stam Preis

2018

Artistic residency in Centro Huarte, Navarra, for a project of mapping of artistic agents

2016

Second prize in Encuentros jóvenes artistas, Gobierno de Navarra

Mittenmang Projektförderung

2015

Deutschlandstipendium, Mart Stam Stiftung

Sans Papiers, artistic residency, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium

2005

First prize is in Ateneo de Badajoz «El Quijote y sus personajes» Junta de Extremadura, Spain

2004

First prize in II Concurso de Dibujo y Pintura de Navarra Megaprix Diario de Navarra, Spain

First prize in Concurso de Dibujo sobre la Verdura Megaprix Diario de Navarra y la Orden del Volatín de Tudela, Spain

First prize in «La ciudad.sin mi coche!» Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Spain

2003

First prize in Itinerarios Culturales de Navarra Educación de Gobierno de Navarra, Spain

First prize in Concurso de Dibujo sobre Minusvalías Físicos de Navarra, Spain

First prize in «Edutranqui-Tranqui, vive deportivamente» Gobiernode Navarra, Spain

First prizein Concurso de Dibujo Carrefour, Madrid,Spain.

2002

Second prize in «Día del árbol 2002» Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Spain

First prize in Concurso «Dibuja Pamplona», Ayuntamiento de Pamplona,Spain

First prizein Tarjetas navideñas «Navidad 2002», Ayuntamiento de Pamplona,Spain

2001

First prize in «Día del árbol 2001», Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Spain

Second prize I Concurso «Dibuja Pamplona», Ayuntamiento de Pamplona,Spain

Third prize in Tarjetas navideñas «Navidad 2001», Ayuntamiento de Pamplona,Spain

 Work in collections
 

Collection Hüppi (DE), Lühling (DE), Wyszynski (DE), Kowacka (PL), Mora (ES), Alfaro (ES), Johnson (USA)

 Publications
2020

«In to through out», self-published by all exhibiting artists on the occasion of the exhibition In to through out at Spoiler, Berlin

2019

«Mart Stam Katalog», Mart Stam Stiftung

2020

Drucksache, Tendenzen zeitgenössischer Druckgrafik, Gallerie Pankow

2016

«Quelltext», Textem Verlag, Gerrit Gohlke (BKV Potsdam), Prof. Friederike Feldmann and Alexander Wagner

Die Ver messung der Zeit», Universität Hannover

 Press
2019

Art in Berlin: https://www.art-in-berlin.de

Berliner Woche: https://www.berliner-woche.de

2018

Designbote: https://designbote.com

Artconnect: https://www.artconnect.com

Centro Huarte: https://www.centrohuarte.es

2017

Merkatua 948: https://www.948merkatua.com

Ferm in music: https://www.ferminmusic.com

2016

BKV Potsdam: http://www.bkv-potsdam.de

Textem DE: http://www.textem.de

20 Minutos: https://www.20minutos.es

La información: https://www.lainformacion.com

Diario de Navarra: https://www.diariodenavarra.es