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Paloma Bosquê’s research draws largely on her daily practice in the studio. There she handles and freely associates materials that are not typical of sculpture, creating compositions of varying formats and scales. In a constant search for a possible and consensual balance between her selected elements, the artist often develops specific methods to combine, juxtapose and merge materials without ever forcing them to a definitive interaction.

Brass, felt, bronze, coal, gum rosin, bee’s wax, beef casing, craft paper, coffee sieves and wool are used indiscriminately by the artist. She is less concerned with the origins or potential symbolic value of each of the items than with their physical presence. Experimenting with the texture, weight and balance of her materials, Bosquê creates an extremely delicate visual landscape.

Each composition is an arrangement of singular materials. Felt and looms are handmade and tailored to the artist’s choices, coffee sieves hold the traces of their former use and sheepskins are never the same. Bosquê focuses on the transience of matter and impermanence. Her works remind us of the fragility of the agreements that hold together everything we consider permanent or definitive.

Paloma Bosquê (Garça, 1982) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Her most recent solo exhibitions include O Oco e a Emenda, Pavilhão Branco, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2017); Field, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2016); O Incômodo, Pivô, São Paulo (2015). 
Additionally, her work has been included in institutional group exhibitions as the Brasile. Il coltello nella carne, Pac - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018); Bienal de Coimbra, Coimbra (2017); Mycorial Theatre, Pivô, São Paulo (2016); Projeto Piauí, Pivô, São Paulo (2016); Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, The Jewish Museum, New York (2016); United States of Latin America, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit (2015). 

Artist page


BA in Graphic Design at Centro Universitário Senac, São Paulo, Brazil
History at University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Solo Shows

Inventory, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
O Oco e a Emenda, Pavilhão Branco – Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal
Field, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
O Incômodo, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
A Step Under, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil

Group Shows

Knife in the flesh - Contemporary Brazilian Art, Pac - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Healing and Repairing, Anozero – Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Off Road, Zeno X, Antwerp, Belgium
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany
Neither., Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Tudo Joia, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
In Between, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
Mycorial Theatre, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
Projeto Piauí, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil 
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
Kiti Ka' Aeté, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom 
United States of Latin America, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA
Ouro – Um fio que costura a arte do Brasil, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ultrapassado, Galeria Broadway 1602, New York, USA
My Third Land, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Da Próxima Vez Eu Fazia Tudo Diferente, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
Concrete Mirrors, Crypt Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
Projeto Imóvel, Edifício Copan, São Paulo, Brazil
Programa – Ao redor de 4’33, 7ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Nigel Greenwood Art Prize 2017

Paloma Bosquê Inventory
natura naturans
Natura Naturans
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Paloma Bosquê Field
Paloma Bosquê A step under
Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art Paloma Bosquê, Otobong Nkanga