Paulo Pasta

1959, Ariranha, 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 the solo shows Pocket Painting, in 2023, Correspondences, in 2021, and, Lembranças do Futuro, in 2018, all of them at Millan, and in several other institutions, such as: David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA (2022); Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, UK (2022); Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (2016); 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.

Among his most recent participations in group exhibitions are: 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, such as: Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; MAM-SP, Brazil; MAM-RJ, Brazil; MAC-USP, SP, Brazil; Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Brazil; Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany; Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg, Hall Art Foundation, Holle, Germany, and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, SP.