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b. 1967, Mexico

Alicia Paz Biography

Alicia Paz's paintings, collages and standing figures deal primarily with identity and the notion of a divided subject/author, and explore the mutability of subjectivity. In recent years, Paz has focused on the female figure: the Self is experienced and presented as multiple, paradoxical, and in flux. Inhabiting fantastical and exotic landscapes, Paz's feminine subjects become fused and combined with organic life. Strange and unsettling visions of tree-women and monster-women also represent the fusion of the Subject with painting itself: she often depicts amphibian or plant-like figures “weeping” pigment, their limbs, hair, and various ornamental accoutrements mud-caked and dripping, as if extracted from a colourful, post-cognitive swamp.

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Alicia Paz has had several solo exhibitions in the UK, France, Germany, Mexico, and Argentina, most recently at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany (2015-2016). This exhibition was accompanied by a 96-page bilingual monograph published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna. Other solo projects include an exhibit at Dukan Gallery in Leipzig (2014) and at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Paris (2013). A semi-retrospective exhibit of her work was featured in L.A.C. Sigéan in collaboration with FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, as part of the regional biennial titled Casanova Forever (2010). Paz has participated in various international painting survey exhibits such as Slow Magic, Contemporary Approaches to Painting at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2009) as well as Heute. Spektrum. Malerei. at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2012). Her work was included in the group exhibit Tous, des sang-mêlés, recently held at MACVAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2017). Earlier solo presentations include Drawing Now Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre with Galerie Dukan & Hourdequin (2012), as well as Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2006) and Ruth Benzacar Gallery in Buenos Aires (2005). Paz's work is part of various public and private collections and has been the subject of numerous catalogues and publications; her work has has been reviewed/featured internationally (Art News, Art Press, Modern Painters, Art Forum, Turps Banana, The Guardian, Le Monde, Libération, Beaux-Arts Magazine, New York Times, Reforma, etc…).

In August 2017 Paz unveiled a public sculpture commission at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, titled Insel der Puppen (Island of Dolls), in steel and enamel. Paz's up-coming projects include a residency and exhibition at the Leonora Carrington Museum in Mexico (2019) and a solo exhibition at the Maison d’Amérique Latine in Paris (2020). Paz graduated from U.C. Berkeley, ENSBA-Paris, Goldsmiths College, and Royal College of Art, London.

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Yellow Frost by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Yellow Frost, 2013 Mixed media on board, archival frame
190 x 150 cm
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Fox Trott by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Fox Trott, 2012 Mixed media on paper, archival frame
105 x 61 cm
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One Lost by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz One Lost, 2011 Mixed media on paper, archival frame
96 x 42 cm
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Sœurs by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Sœurs, 2011 Mixed media on paper, archival frame
56 x 38 cm
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Blood Lines by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Blood Lines, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
146 x 114 cm
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Tree of Displacement and Longing by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Tree of Displacement and Longing, 2018 mixed media on canvas
210 x 170 cm
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Tears of Laughter by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Alicia Paz Tears of Laughter, 2019 Mixed media and oil on canvas
210 x 170 cm
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Untitled [III] by Alicia Paz contemporary artwork mixed media
Alicia Paz Untitled [III], 2019 Silkscreen and digitally printed archival cut-outs, collaged
80 x 60 cm
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