Paper artist

Since childhood, Ana Paúl has been enchanted by paper. Whilst growing up, paper became her palette for changing moods and collage became her language.

The simplicity and possibility of paper as a medium has remained her life-long fascination. The transformative quality of this humble yet noble material and the influence of Orientalism with its delicacy, mystery and use of colour underpins all her work.

Ana Paúl’s work plays with contrast – the linear and the curvaceous; nature and artifice; East and West. She 
explores the confluence of these opposites to create a harmonious balance.

Her early Kaftan pieces pay homage to this iconic cultural dress. Layering and depth is achieved using the linear nature of paper and the decorative motifs are made using traditional artisan stamps.

In the Apapyrooos series, nature’s simplicity becomes her inspiration and the subtlety of color and detail her focus.  Each petal  is carefully considered and paint is used on different paper types to give life to a variety of textures and tones.

The Forests  are dominant in her work and paper is used in a sculptural way to create an ethereal composition. Color  plays a major role.

In the Wood serie Ana wants to bring  nature throughout our living space by mimicking nature through her unique interpretation.

The connexion that trees have with the Earth and Universe is a constant  theme in Ana’s works, continuously and consistently  interpreting them in various forms.

I am captivated by Trees and Forests, by their beauty and mistery. While the world is constantly changing in a frenetically dangerous way, Trees in contrast remain steady and rooted,  giving us the feeling of security.

The Tree trunk and its roots represent stability, branches suggest movement and leaves remember us of the ephemeral, showing an amazing contrast of Strength and Fragility.

The inner structure of Forests, the almost architectural connection among Trees, the openings for paths, the green ceilings of wood and leaves are the perfect scenarios for our hideaways.

Entering into the Forest is always a mysterious experience, provoking the deepest connection we as humans can experience to our planet and ourselves.»



Biography

Ana Paúl was born in Barcelona and grew up in this vibrant, Mediterranean city.

She then spent 20 years in Paris working for major speciality retail stores seeking out new, up and coming designers. Engaged in the heady world of fashion and surrounded by creatives from the film, art and design sectors she drew much inspiration from the talent around her.

She lives and works today between Barcelona and Madrid.

1986 2013     Paper Works – early series (see pictures below)

2009     West Dean College, UK — Course in Paper Engineering

2015 2017     Kaftans collages series

2017 2019     Tree & Forest Apapyrooos Series

2018    Gallerie Bettina, Paris (Sept to Dec.)

2018    Selected by Patricia Urquiola for Mandarin Hotel, Barcelona.

2018 – Ongoing       Forest and Woods series

2019    Baró House, Madrid (July to Dec.)

2019   In Josep Maria Civit’s Contemporary Art Collection among others.

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Below pictures of early collages from 1986 to 2009

Collage, Paris 1986

Collage, Paris 1996

Collage, West Dean College 2009