Bio

Paula Carralero Bierzynska was born 1991 in Madrid, Spain and rised up in Pamplona close to the Pyrenees. After living and working in Montreal, Canada und Mexico City, came 2013 to Berlin, where she studied at  Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin 2013-2019 with Nader Ahriman. During her studies she had several exhibitions in Germany, among others in Haus des Berliner Rundfunks, at Projektraum Bethanien,  Neukölln Arkaden,  der Bar Babette, dem Brandenburgischen Kunstverein, Kunstverein Uelzen. She also showed her work internationally in Muzeum Woli in Warschaw, in La Ciudadela und Centro Huarte in Pamplona, Spain and Sala Perez de la Riva in Madrid. She received the Mart Stam scholarship, der Mittenmang Projektförderung and the Premio Encuentros Arte Joven Award. Her artist books were presented at Berlin Art Book Fair at the Hamburger Bahnhof and Missread Art Book Fair at Akademie der Künste and her work was published at Textem Verlag  in 2016. After her studies, she received the scholarship Neustart Kultur Stiftungskunstfonds and had her first solo exhibition at Galerie Weisser elefant and exhibited at Lage egal, Marburger Kunstverein, Galerie Parterre, Galerie Ebensperger. This year she was resident for 5 months until June at Künstlerhaus Edenkoben and exhibited at das Gute Leben in Kandel with Marie Gouil. Currently she is working in Berlin with the scholarship Kickstart from Stiftung Kunstfonds.

Artist Statement

In my work, I usually link reverse glass painting techniques to screens of digital devices through which we currently perceive our reality. 

After experimenting with different printing techniques, I developed two parallel groups of work: paintings on glass and paintings on e-waste (phone displays and computer screens). This material arrangement requires a reversal of the conventional painting procedure; the first layer of paint is seen at the forefront, while the final layer of paint resides in the background. First, I paint the details and then the background. The works are also mirrored. 

I use glass as an instrument for observation: I paint what I see through it. This creates non-common distortions created by the anatomic structure of the human eye, which is concave,  like the curvilinear perspective, where the edges of the painting are curved. Putting our imperfect vision in the centre of my practice represents a humanistic gesture in a once more automated world. 

Within the European iconographic tradition, reverse glass painting is above all a sacred matter. In contrast to that, I paint from a very human perspective abandoned industries and villages both in Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg, Chemnitz) and Spain (Madrid, Navarra), disappearing landscapes and exhausted bodies. 

The mirror, which was also thematized by Velázquez or Clara Peeters, extends to the whole surface of the painting. The spectator, while observing the paintings, will be confronted with his very own reflection on the  glass. In that way,  the observer and the observed object melt into one. 

My paintings on e-waste rehabilitate broken smartphone displays and computer screens that come from repair shops. Mobile phones accumulate materials and rare soils from all over the world, coming along with processes that are damaging to our environment. The handcrafted paintings oppose the electronic working of the phones. Every display is provided with the exact coordinate of where it was painted.

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
2020

Paradise Lost , Heizkraftwerk Steglitz, Berlin

 Group exhibitions (selection)
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