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Paula Valenzuela

Sausalito, CA

My artwork explores the connection of darkness and light within us, the complexity of layers that we show to others and to ourselves, as well as the parts that we keep in the shadows. As an artist and psychologist, I am interested in exploring the unconscious and human process that we all go through when embraced in an act of spontaneous creativity, without preconceived ideas. Painting for me is a way to be open to the moment, to be fully present in my body and mind. My work process is exploratory, utilizing multiple materials and textures. I work with pouring mediums, fluid acrylics, resins and pigments that allow me a flowing movement and to be surprised every time. I work through several paintings at once, mixing, dripping, scratching painting, covering, uncovering, brushing and scratching again… until I get to a place with each piece that reflects a moment in time, the unexpected. The colors and textures of the desert inspire me and remind me of my home country, Chile, connecting me to my origins. The combination of natural and mineral colors result in archetypical images seem directly related to patterns found throughout the natural world.

I am Chilean abstract artist living in Oakland, CA. My artwork explores the connection of darkness and light within us, the complexity of layers that we show to others and to ourselves. I am inspired by the colors of the desert, and the textures found in nature,

I work on mixed media on canvas and panels, using acrylics, different mediums, crayons and pigments. I work through several paintings at once, using tools to add and remove the layers of paintings that enrich the textures and leave a memory of the process.

Keep Flowing

Paula Valenzuela

Tell Me Something Girl

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The Space in Between

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Illusion of Separateness

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Coming to the Origins

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Imaginary Space

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Intimate Nature

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About Growing

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Expansion from Within

Paula Valenzuela