Pauline Galiana works simultaneously on distinct bodies of work, from collages to paintings and drawings, from ephemeral installations to small-scale sculptures. The work often addresses the broad theme of deconstruction versus reconstruction and of hybridization. It combines noble and mundane materials; it expresses instinctive states of mind with formal compositions, using obsessive and meditative processes, meticulous planning and patient execution, sometimes with rigorous grids. Common motions of drawing, looping, sticking or sewing become, when applied across materials of such varied form, resilience, texture, and “high” and “low” associations, transformative.
Artist Pauline Galiana was born in Algiers and grew up in France. She received her MFA at ESAG in Paris and has a Christie’s Art Business Certificate. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library; Memorial Sloan Kettering Gallery Brooklyn; Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn; the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Drawing Rooms Art Center, NJ; Durham Arts Council, NC; Islip Art Museum, NY; New York Institute of Technology; Chashama Gallery, NYC; Robert Henry Gallery, Bushwick; Baron Boisanté Gallery, NYC; and the Ramis Barquet Gallery, Mexico among others. Her work is included in the collections of UBS, New York University, the National Museum of Romanian Literature, where she won a 2018 Bibliophile Object-Book Biennale award, and private collections in New York, Washington, Houston, Paris, Riyadh, London and Sydney. She lives and works in New York City.