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Pauline Marcelle

“My art consists primarily of paintings. My paintings explore human behaviour through the intensity of the expressiveness and figuration of my Caribbean origin. I create images that resonate with Black existence and celebrate Black bodies, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection with people and nature in all cultures.


Colours are the backbone and foundation of all my artworks. In the classical tradition, I paint exclusively with oil on canvas, using a palette of primary colours (red, yellow, blue) combined with black and white. Many layers of thinly applied oil paint allow my figures to emerge on the canvas. Themes of consumption, sustainability and resilience; the impact of social, political and mental environments; as well as architecture and landscape are depicted through my specific visual vocabulary, which creates an experiential universe with new definitions of space and time.


Each painting describes a displaced, almost nomadic space. Each painting is an island which radiates the dream of freedom from an historically or socially fixed identity. My sculptures, videos and installations complement my painterly oeuvre and explore similar themes using different media. Through my artworks, I strive to bridge the gap between the Self and the Other in human interaction, starting with my distinctive Dominican heritage and extending to embrace the world. “

Pauline's Bio

Pauline Marcelle, born in Dominica, West Indies, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Her creative output spans painting, sculpture, video and installation. Pauline Marcelle was educated at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual and Fine Arts in 2000.  


She has been featured in publications including DATUM, Vogue Brazil, Elle South Africa, GQ Russia, Buro24/7 Russia, L’Officiel Austria and Golfrevue Austria. She received the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, which she used in 2010 for the Bag Factory Studio Residency in Johannesburg, South Africa.  


Marcelle’s paintings and sculptures have been included in shows, amongst others, at the Prizm Art Fair (Miami Art Week 2021 & 2022), Cosmoscow International Fair (Moscow, Russia 2021), UNTITLED Art Fair (Miami Art Week 2020), Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria 2019), Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto 2015), PAMM Museum (Miami, USA 2014), World Bank (Washington, D.C. USA 2012), Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, D.C. USA 2011), and Arts on Main (Johannesburg, SA 2010). Pauline Marcelle’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections.  

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