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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey / Poland      Known for: night theme abstract city scene painting, motion and energy

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Alexandra Pacula was born in Poland in 1979 and at the age of fourteen moved to The United States together with her family. She is a New York based artist and works in a studio in Brooklyn. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers the State University of NJ in 2002 and in 2006 finished a Master of Fine Arts degree at Montclair State University of NJ.

Pacula’s work has been included in many exhibitions in the US as well as Spain, London and Paris.  She was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts for 2010. Other awards include the Robert Sterling Clark Visual Art Space Award in 2010, which provides a studio space at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and Winner of Saatchi Showdown Competition in 2008.

Alexandra usually works on a large scale and explores the dynamic energy of the city at night.  Through luscious brushwork, vibrant color and sense of motion she is able to capture the essence of the city.  Her streets are filled with light that travels within the composition almost of it’s own accord.  She has developed her own unique style of painting which combines, impressionism, expressionism and photo-realism.  She uses a disposable digital image as a starting point to elaborate on the fact that we are living in the age of technology.

My work investigates a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife.  I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities.  The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation.  The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.

In our seemingly content society there is a struggle to achieve greater levels of enjoyment. We explore various environments and activities in search of pleasure.  Extravagant lights of night environments seduce us to participate in curious events, enticing us to experience new forms of satisfaction.

In my oil paintings I aim to capture various atmospheres that occur in such environments.  Through observation and documentation I assemble images, which become visual tools for my paintings.  I concentrate on how the mind perceives and evaluates surroundings while under the influence of a social climate.

I recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion by letting the paint blur and allowing shapes to dissolve.  I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten.  The sense of motion is intensified with the use of quick vigorous lines and sharp perspectives.  By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience.  I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar, exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.

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Biography from Gallery Henoch:
1979, Poland

2006 MFA, Painting /Drawing, Montclair State University (MSU), Montclair NJ
2002 BFA, Painting/ Drawing, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ


"Turbulent Utopia," Mighty Tanaka Gallery, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

"Mighty Tanaka Presents: Alexandra Pacula and JMR," Dapper Dan Imperial Gallery, New York, NY

"Evocations of the Night," BOS, Brooklyn, NY

"After Dark", Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
"Nightlife," BOS, Brooklyn, NY

"Bemused Satisfaction," MFA Gallery, MSU, Montclair, NJ
"Anywhere but Here," MFA Gallery, MSU, Montclair, NJ

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