Chilean artist Paula Valenzuela has always combined her passion for art and psychology. At an early age, she was interested in art, studying with some Chilean artists since she was 15 years old, and participating in group exhibitions and private collections in her home country. She pursued a professional career in Clinical Psychology and Public Health at UC Berkeley while keeping her art as a more private passion. She moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and was involved in the effervescent art Mission District community, learning printmaking and creating public commissions for the University of California, San Francisco’s new development, the Mission Bay District. After many years in the clinical practice in Chile, Paula returned to the U.S with the willing to combine her interests in psychology, mindfulness, and healing arts. Her work has been exhibited in California and Santiago, Chile.
Paula’s abstract work is inspired by the memory, colors, and textures of the desert and landscape from her home country, resulting in a combination of mineral images directly related to patterns found throughout the natural world.
She uses mixed media, collage, pouring mediums and acrylics, through several paintings at once, mixing, dripping, scratching painting, covering, uncovering, brushing and scratching again… until she gets to a place with each piece that reflects a moment in time, the unexpected.
As an artist and psychologist, Paula is interested in exploring the unconscious and human process that we all go through when embraced in an act of spontaneous creativity, without preconceived ideas.