1959, Ariranha, SP, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
A painter, draftsman and engraver, Paulo Pasta seeks to build a temporality in painting. The colors and forms in his works seem to flatten the perception of the passaging of time; when facing the canvases, the present is almost absolute. The forms and geometries represented in the dense atmospheres created by the artist are slowly recognizable by a viewer's watchful eye – placed between horizons and obstacles, that prevent the representational space from being seen clearly. The density and time created by Pasta are contrary to any concession to the practical world and its demands for promptness and readiness; his poetics lies in the rumor and openness to the present time.
With a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (2011), he has held solo shows at several locations, such as Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2023, 2021, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2007); David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA (2022); Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, UK (2022); Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil (2019); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Galeria Carbono, São Paulo, Brazil, and Paulo Darzé, Salvador, Brazil (2017); Palácio Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (2016); Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Centro Cultural Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); among others.
He also participated in important group shows, including: Abstração: a realidade mediada, Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); Os Muitos e o Um, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); 30x Bienal, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Europalia, International Art Festival, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Matisse Hoje, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2009); Panorama dos Panoramas, MAM-SP, Brazil (2008); MAM [na] Oca, Oca, São Paulo, Brazil (2006); Arte por Toda Parte, 3rd Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2001); Brasil +500 – Mostra do Redescobrimento, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2000); III Bienal de Cuenca, Equador (1991), among others.
His works are featured in various collections, among them: Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; MAM-SP, Brazil; MAM-RJ, Brazil; MAC-USP, SP, Brazil; Museu de Belas-Artes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany, Hall Art Foundation, Holle, Germany, and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, SP.