Art Sunday #150: Alicia Paz – Madama Banana

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall


Alicia Paz is a multicultural artist who works internationally. Born in Mexico City and based in London, she has also spent substantial periods of her life in France and in the US. Paz graduated from UC Berkeley, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris, Goldsmiths College and Royal College of Art, London.

Over several years, Alicia Paz has focused on the tension between artifice/ illusion and the veracity of actual processes involved in painting, exposing the duplicitous nature of representation. Through her work, she explores notions of hybridity, assemblage, and metamorphosis, focusing particularly on the female figure: the self is experienced and presented as multiple, fluid, paradoxical. Paz’s paintings are as much portraits as they are landscapes, combining references that range from erudite painting or the history of the painted image, to citations of advertising images or comics.


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