Paula Turmina (b. 1991) is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in London. Paula completed her BA in Painting at Wimbledon College of Fine Arts in 2016 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2021 with an MA in painting. Furthermore, Paula Turmina graduated from the Graphic Design Technical Course at the University of Passo Fundo in Brazil in 2012.
Paula’s practice encompasses painting, printmaking, analog films, and writing. By approaching the canvas and other surfaces as a metaphorical landscape, she explores notions of time and storytelling from a sci-fi perspective. Paula uses, almost exclusively, variations of red in her recent paintings. The application of this colour is a nod to her homeland and the Brazilwood Tree, a strong natural resource which has been exploited and exported as timber since the 16th century. Her canvases depict scenes of a post-apocalyptic world with figures who seem to merge into the nature around them. Paula is interested in the human relationship to the land, speculating on the future of the Earth and the absurdity of political discourse and colonial history.
Solo Exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2023).
Selected Group Exhibitions include Tomorrow is Tomorrow, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2023); Nature Holds a Mirror, Ambar Quijano, online (2023); Membrane, Solo Show, Sens Gallery, Hong Kong (2023); There is Nothing New Under the Sun. but there are New Suns Mama Projects, BIenvenue Art Fair, Paris, France (2022); In transit, our memory fragments Chelsea Space, London, UK (2022); The Red Room, Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery, Cromwell Place, London, UK (2022); Wish Lush, Kravitz Contemporary , London, UK (2022); Liquid Frictions, Ambar Quijano, online (2022); Decomposiçāo e Fetiche’, Vivian Caccuri Atelier, RJ, Brazil (2022);Summer Show 2021, Slade School of Fine art, Lodnon, Uk (2021); Spiral Trap – Lewisham Art House, london, UK (2021) In Reverie, Acava Studios, London, UK (2021); Female Gaze, Kupfer Gallery at Artsy, online (2021);Up Close and Personal, The Curators x Dynamisk, online (2021); It’s a Strange World, Heloisa Genish x Vortic.art, online (2021); Sun Worshippers, Goldmail Gallery, online (2021); Polinizações Cruzadas, online publication platform by Bruno Kurru (2020); London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2020); Casa da Escada Colorida, ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2020); Monsters, The Function Suite, London, UK (2020); RCA & SLADE Graduate Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020); CAC Trust Recipients 2020, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK (2019); Neo Norte 2.0, Exposed Arts Projects, London, UK (2019); Plants Speak, If We Listen’ Symposium II, Chisenhale Studios, London (2019);Plants Speak, If We Listen’ Symposium I, Blacktower Projects, London (2019); Alter Us Collective, The Old Baths, London, UK (2019); OPEN: Emotional Practices, RCA London, UK (2019); Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research – UCL, London, UK (2019); Anthropologies, TAM, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (2019);Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, London, UK (2019); The Land of No Evil, Offshoot Gallery, London, UK (2019);Cartoons and Cereals, Offshoot Gallery, London, UK (2019); Hoc Eva, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK (2019); Speculative Immersion: Multimedia Anthropology in the Anthropocene, UCL, London, UK (2019); Neo Norte, Funfación Cultural de Providencia, Santiago, Chile (2018); Latin America Myth Deconstruction, Crypt Gallery, London, UK (2018); Being Together is not Enough, Five Years Gallery, London, UK (2018); The Six Senses, Galeria Melissa, New York, USA (2018); Fragmentario x Plantaphilia, Booth at SXSW Festival, Austin, USA (2018); Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK (2016); Merton Arts Trail, Morden Hall Park, London, UK (2015); Space, Jonathan Ross’s Gallery 286, London, UK (2015); Lucidez, Guadalupe, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Sala Ilustrada, Urban Arts, Sāo Paulo, Brazil (2013);
Highlights & Awards
Paula Turmina has been awarded with the Zsuzsi Roboz Award by Chelsea Arts Club in 2020.
Paula was awarded a residency programme with Las Vioskas, Sustainability focused residency (July – Sep 2022) Dobrzyn, Poland (2022); Kupfer Project Space – Studio based (Jan – Dec 2021) London, UK (2021); Casa da Escada Colorida – 6 months online residency (August 2020 – April 2021) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2021);Winsor & Newton Residency, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2019); Zsuzsi Roboz Art Scholarship, Chelsea Arts Club Trust, London, UK (2019).