Paula Turmina Brazil, b. 1991

Paula Turmina (b. 1991) is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in London. Paula completed her BA in Painting at Wimbledon College of Fine Arts in 2016 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2021 with an MA in painting. 


Paula’s practice encompasses painting, printmaking, analog films, and writing. By approaching the canvas and other surfaces as a metaphorical landscape, she explores notions of time and storytelling from a sci-fi perspective. Paula uses, almost exclusively, variations of red in her recent paintings. The application of this colour is a nod to her homeland and the Brazilwood Tree, a strong natural resource which has been exploited and exported as timber since the 16th century. Her canvases depict scenes of a post-apocalyptic world with figures who seem to merge into the nature around them. Paula is interested in the human relationship to the land, speculating on the future of the Earth and the absurdity of political discourse and colonial history. 



Paula’s recent group exhibitions include; 'In transit, our memory fragments', Chelsea Space, London (2022); ‘London Grads Now’, Saatchi Gallery, London (2020); ‘The Land of No Evil’, Offshoot Gallery, London (2019); ‘Neo Norte’, Exposed Arts Projects in London and Fundación Cultural de Providencia in Chile, (2019). In 2019, Paula was awarded a residency programme with Winsor & Newton in collaboration with The FineArt Collective, and was the recipient of the Zsuzsi Roboz Scholarship with the Chelsea Arts Club Trust.