PAULA CORTAZAR

(Monterrey, Mexico 1991)

Born in 1991 in Monterrey, Mexico. 

Lives and works in Monterrey.

 

My work is mainly based on the search of drawings in nature. Through observation, I find a graphic language that is constantly repeated; whether in a stone, on the wrinkled surface of a piece of paper, or hidden on some other kind of surface. Drawing is the tool that allows me to show and interpret the hidden graphic code in elements such as a tree or a river. This repetition of lines, for me, is the proof that every element that surrounds us forms part of a whole. In this way, drawing works as a personal translation of a much more complex language. The relationship between such opposite elements like paper or stone is revealed through drawing, suggesting the notion that materially we all belong to one same origin and we all carry the same energy.

 

She was born in July 21, 1991 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. In 2014 she graduated with honors from the University of Monterrey’s BA in fine arts. In 2012 she studied in the Lyon Superior National School of Fine Arts in France. In 2013 she was selected to participate in the Contemporary Photography Program (PFC), an educational project of the Nuevo León photography library.

She had solo shows in 2015 and 2017 at Machete Galería in Mexico City. Her work has also been part of many group shows, such as the first edition of United Mexican Projects [Proyectos Unidos Mexicanos] (2015) in Brooklyn, New York, To the encounter with the sensitive [Al encuentro con lo sensible] (2015) in the Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, Other(s) Drawing(s)[Otro(s) Dibujo(s)] (2014) in the Nuevo León Picture Gallery, PFC’13 (2014) in the Center of the Arts, among others.

Her work was selected to participate in the contest Paper / Support [Soporte / Papel], 2015 Bernardo Elisúa Farías Award. She has been honored with several awards, the most notable ones being the 2015- 2016 Young Creators Grant, the first prize of the 5th Photography Contest (2013) organized by the University of Monterrey library, and a honorable mention in the exhibition No Category [Sin Categoría] (2012), awarded by the San Pedro House of Culture.

She participated in 2018 in two group exhibitions, Register 05 at MARCO (Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey) and One In a Million in Gallery Nosco, Marseille.

Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey and Fundación Alumnos 47 collection in Mexico, as well as in the Schöpflin Stiftung collection in Germany.


EDUCATION
2014      BA Fine Arts. Cum Laude. University of Monterrey. Mexico.
2013      Contemporary Photography Program PFC 2013. CONARTE. Monterrey N.L. Mexico.
2012      Student exchange in ENSBA Lyon (École Nationale Superièure des BeauxArts de Lyon). France.

SOLO SHOWS
2017 Línea infinita [Infinite line]; Galería Machete; México City.
2015      La montaña negra se ha vuelto gris [The black mountain has turned gray]; Galería Machete; Mexico City.

GROUP SHOWS
2016      ACME Hall Nº4. Archipiélago. Mexico City.
2016     Reseña de la Plástica Nuevoleonesa; Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León. Monterrey, N.L. México.
2016      +52 Paisajes Recientes [+52 Recent landscapes]; Fundación CALOSA. Irapuato, Guanajuato. México.
2015      Gabriel Boils, Paula Cortazar, Alfredo Káram and Alejandra Laviada. La Galaxyy. Hermosillo, Sonora. Mexico.
2015      Al encuentro con lo sensible [To the encounter with the sensitive]; Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art; Monterrey, Mexico.
2015      United Mexican Projects / ACME Hall [Proyectos Unidos Mexicanos / Salón ACME]. Wythe Hotel. Brooklyn, NY, USA.
2015      Soporte / Papel [Paper / Support]; Bernardo Elosúa Farías Award; Arte A.C. Cultural Center; Monterrey, Mexico.
2014      Otro(s) Dibujo(s) [Other(s) Drawing(s)]. Curated by Xavier Moyssén; Nuevo León Gallery; Monterrey, Mexico.
2014      PFC’13 (Programa de Fotografía Contemporánea 2013) [PFC’13 (Contemporary Photography Program 2013)]; Center of the Arts; Monterrey, Mexico.
2014      Sombras en la Intimidad [Shadows on Privacy]; Gallery 2 Centro Roberto Garza Sada; University of Monterrey; San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico.
2014      Indicios [Evidence]. Curated by Sara López; Plaza Fátima Cultural Center; San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico.
2014 Tres [Three]; French Alliance of Monterrey; San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico.
2013      Ettertanke; Lacoope Gallery; San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico.
2012      Sin Categoría [No Category]; Honorable Mention; San Pedro Culture House; San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico.

AWARDS AND OTHER PROJECTS
2015 - 2016  Young Creators Grant, awarded by the National Fund for Arts and Culture. Mexico.
2014      Sombras en la Intimidad [Shadows on Privacy]. Written by Francia Perales. Photography, editorial design and drawings by Paula Cortazar. First edition of 30 copies. Printed in Mexico.
2012      Honorable mention. Sin Categoría [No Category]. San Pedro Culture House. San Pedro Garza García. Mexico.
2011      AICAD / New York Studio Residency Program. Brooklyn, NY, USA.