Paula Saneaux

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My work explores topics related to human behavior, mental health, and social influences, stereotypes, and taboos. It also offers an ironic discourse on issues like self-objectification, and existential matters such as the fragility of life and illnesses, along with its outcomes. I paint worlds that articulate these themes by utilizing women as my main subject, emphasizing aesthetics, using symbols, and constructing a narrative with diverse meanings. 

My images center on women and girls within ordinary interiors portrayed through shades of grey and glazes on acrylic on canvas. I study sign processes, signification, and communication of the stories I portray to generate diverse meanings. I surround my subjects with objects that hint at their stories. I represent these stories through females because I depict stories of females who have had an impact on me.

My new series embodies themes related to the fragility of life, mental health, and illnesses. The pandemic has increased my thoughts on these matters and my desire to incorporate them into my art. To compose these images, I use elements that represent personal health events, the pandemic, and clowns’ distinctive features. I use common clown costume accessories because I try to connect the vulnerability of our lives to that of a circus show that involves years of training and preparation and ends instantly when the act is finished. 

I want to start a dialogue about the fragility of life by creating a space in which expressions are encouraged so that people embrace this fragility and make the most of life.

The New Face
Acrylic on canvas, 36x24 in, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 30x24 in, 2021

Paula Saneaux has exhibited her paintings in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Wisconsin, Maryland, Los Angeles and in the Dominican Republic, including important venues such as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin, the Dominican Museum of Modern Art, among others. Her work is held in several public and private collections including the Central Bank and the Cándido Bidó Museum in the Dominican Republic. Her private collections are held in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo, Turin, and Washington D.C.

In recognition of excellence, Saneaux has received numerous awards including an MSAC Independent Artists Award, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant of Canada, among others. In January 2016, and while living in the Dominican Republic, she received the American Green Card for “Artists of Extraordinary Ability” to live and work as an artist in the United States.

She graduated from Parsons School of Design of New York, and Altos de Chavon School of Design and Apec University in the Dominican Republic.

Saneaux explores topics related to the fragility of life, self-objectification, human behavior, mental health, and social influences. She constructs a narrative with diverse meanings using symbols. She tries to leave the viewer orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts to start conversations about the themes she is portraying.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Paula Saneaux lives and works in Maryland, United States.




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