Raquel Paiewonsky

(b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has been presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others.

Her work is included in international collections that include Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Switzerland; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro León, Santiago, Domincan Republic. Paiewonsky is the recipient the Gran Premio Eduardo León award in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and included in the XX y XXII editions of the National Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Artistic Statement

My work explores the relationship between our essence and our surroundings, the impact of stereotypes and cultural constructions, always taking as a reference our instinctual selves and the ways in which the primal components of our nature are affected by the new and ever changing contexts of contemporary life.

I am particularly interested in object/ subject interventions, often utilizing fabric as a means of taking over a particular space, body or artifact.

Additionally, I have always been very interested in how the body is a container that contains, sometimes in a mysterious and subtle way and sometimes in a convincing way, the experiences we experience through life.

At times I am very seduced by the work with the body and its relationship with the most abstract and most intimate thought, so when what my environment displays is forceful, urgent and sometimes brutal it is impossible to ignore it and it must quickly be worked on.

Raquel attended an artist residency in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin from April – June 2015.

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