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Paula Saneaux is a visual artist who explores topics related to the fragility of life, self-objectification, human behavior, mental health, and social influences, emphasizing aesthetics and using symbols to construct a narrative with multiple meanings.

 

Her paintings have been exhibited in venues throughout the United States, including Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and others, as well as in her native Dominican Republic. Among these venues are the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin, the Dominican Museum of Modern Art, the Dominican National Gallery of Art, and more. Her artwork is held in several public and private collections, including those of important institutions in the Dominican Republic, such as the Central Bank and the Cándido Bidó Museum. Her private collections are held in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo, Turin, Washington D.C., and other cities around the world.

 

In recognition of excellence, Saneaux has received numerous awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artists Regional Award, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant of Canada, and the Bluhdorn Scholarship for Parsons School of Design of New York, among others. In January 2016, she was granted the American Green Card for "Artists of Extraordinary Ability," which is given to a small percentage of people who excel in science, the arts, education, business, or sports.

 

She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, an AA in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic, as well as a BA in Advertising from APEC University, also in the Dominican Republic.

 

Born in the Dominican Republic, Paula Saneaux lives and works in Maryland, United States.

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Education

2007   B.F.A. with Honors in Fine Arts, Parsons The New School Of Design, New York, NY, United States

2005   A.A. summa cum laude and valedictorian in Fine Arts & Illustration, Altos De Chavón School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic

2003   B.A. summa cum laude  in Advertising, APEC University, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2028   Master Class with Vincent Desiderio, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA

2004   Drawing and Painting, Parsons The New School Of Design, New York, United States

Solo Exhibitions

2024   Fragile, TBA

2018   Corpus and Auto-Objectification, IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Curated by Ezequiel Taveras, Washington DC, United States (catalogue)

2009   Ellas (They), Solo Show, Aroma, Los Angeles, California

2008   Ellas, Funglode Gallery, Curated by Rossy Ramos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2005   Las Pracas, Funglode Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

Group Exhibitions

2023   Cumberland Valley Artists, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland

2023   Art Maryland, Howard County Center for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland

2022   Washington County Goes Purple, Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown, Maryland

2022   Le Salon, Tag Gallery, Frederick, Maryland

2022   Liberating the Flesh, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2021   22nd Annual Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, Maryland

2021   Women Artists Making their Mark, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, California

2021   Cumberland Valley Artists, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland

2020   Annual Community Art Show, Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA

2019   Painting the Figure Now II, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, USA
2019   Painting the Figure Now II, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, USA

2015   Group show, The Jenny Polanco Project, Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic

2015   LA, Casa Quien Gallery, Curated by Raul Miyar, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2012   Arte Club, National Gallery of Fine Arts of the Dominican Republic, Curated by Marianne de Tolentino, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2011   Grand Opening, Lucy Garcia Contemporary Art at Libélula, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2011   XXVI Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2010   Women Artists at the Central Bank, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, Curated by Marianne de Tolentino y Vladimir Velázquez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2008   XXII Biennial Eduardo León Jimenes, Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2007   II Biennial Paleta de Níquel, Cándido Bidó Museum, Bonao, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2007   MINE, Gallery MC, New York, United States (catalog)

2007   CAA & NYCAMS BFA Juror Exhibition, NYCAMS Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2006   XXI Biennial Eduardo León Jimenes, Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic (catalogue)

2006   Madness?, Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, United States (catalogue)

2005   Thesis Exhibition, Altos de Chavon Gallery, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Awards

2023   Development Professional Grant, Maryland State Arts Council 

2023   Creativity Grant, Maryland State Arts Council

2023   Haven Foundation Grant, The Haven Foundation

2022   Creativity Grant, Maryland State Arts Council

2022   Rauschenberg Grant, Rauschenberg Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts

2021   Washington County Arts Council Grant

2021   22nd Annual Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art Award

2021   Maryland State Arts Council Grant

2021   Independent Artists Award, Maryland State Arts Council

2020   Maryland State Arts Council Grant
2020   Artist Relief Grant
2020   National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Actos de Confianza
2018   Artist Fellowship

2018   Scholarship for Vicent Desiderio's Master Class at The New York Academy of Art

2016   USA EB1-1 Green Card for “Artists of Extraordinary Ability,” USCIS, United States

2010   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

2008   Recognition II Biennial Cándido Bidó Museum, Bonao, Dominican Republic

2007   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

2006-07  CONES Grant (National Institution of Higher Studies) by the former Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernández, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2005-07  Parsons The New School of Design Full Tuition Scholarship, New York, USA

2004   Parsons The New School of Design Summer Scholarship, New York, USA

2004   Bludhorn Award, La Romana, Dominican Republic

2002   Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Award (by former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía to outstanding university students of the country), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2001   Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Award (by the former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía to outstanding university students of the country), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1999-03  APEC University Scholarship, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Selected Collections

Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Candido Bido Museum, Bonao, Dominican Republic

Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Funglode of former Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernández, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Other collections: Brussels, Madrid, Mexico, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo, Turin, and Washington D.C.

Selected Bibliography

2021  Quest for the Human Figure, by Didi Menendez. GOSS183, PoetsArtists, Hashtag Art Magazine

2020  La Libelula book cover, René Peguero

2018  Ezequiel Taveras, “Corpus & Auto-Objectification,” IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Catalogue 

2018  Didi Menendez, "The New Nude,", Poets Artists and Zhou B Haus der Kunst, August 

2018  Laura Collinson, “Art/Inspiration,” Creative Boom Magazine, January 5

2018  Adrian Alexander, “Artist Spotlight,” Professional Artist Magazine, January

2017  Llilian Llanes, José Noceda and Nelson Herrera Ysla, Visual Artists of the Caribbean

2016   “Dominican Artist recognized by the United States”, Metro Newspaper, Apr. 5th

2016   “Paula Saneaux,” Oh Magazine, March. 10

2015  Joaquín Badajoz, “LA,” The Roads, March 12

2014  Diana Suriel, “Exploring Art,” A la Moda Magazine, May 6. 5

2012  Rocío Figueroa, “ ‘I’m Bureísta’ Paula Saneaux,” Bureo Magazine, December. 66

2012  Arte Club, National Gallery of Fine Arts of the Dominican Republic

2012  Lucy García, “Art as an Investment,” SDQ Magazine, September. 10

2011  26 Biennial de Artes Visuales Catalogue, Museo de Arte Moderno

2010  Best of Artists & Artisans Book, Kennedy Publishing

2010  Women Artists at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic Catalogue

2008  XXII Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes Catalogue, Centro León

2008  Rosaura Ramos, “Ellas, Paula Saneaux,” Artes Magazine, October. 13

2007  Jonathan Goodman, “Art and Pleasure,” Ellas Catalogue

2007  Marianne De Tolentino, “Painting prevails in Paleta de Niquel Biennial,” Hoy, November 3. 1

2007  II Biennial Paleta de Niquel Catalogue, Cándido Bidó Museum

2007  MINE Catalogue, Parsons The New School of Design

2006  Madness?, Parsons The New School of Design

2006  XXI Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes Catalogue, Centro León

2005  Las Pracas Catalogue, Funglode

2005  Beatriz González, “I look for beauty in the atypical,” Listin Diario Newspaper, September 29. 8

Selected Teaching & Related Experience

2023   Editor, Independent Artist Award program revision, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland

2018   Teaching Artist, Drawing with Live Model Workshop, IBD Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington DC

2013   Juror, Contest “Rescue your Afro Culture”, OEI (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos), Dominican Republic / Spain

2013   Faculty, Drawing & Composition Course, Casa de Chavon School of Design, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2012   Faculty, Drawing & Composition Course, Casa de Chavon School of Design, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2011   Lecture/Presentation, Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic

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