Kolam # 3 by Paz de la Calzada

Paz de la Calzada


Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is an artist working in drawing, installation and public art. She received a BFA at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and her MFA at UNAM, Mexico City.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, the Union Fenosa Museum and the Fundacion Caixa Galicia in Spain and the Leon Trotsky Museum and the San Angel Cultural Center in Mexico City.

Paz came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then she has been in several residency programs like Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Millay Colony for the Arts in New York and Valparaiso Foundation in Spain. She is a recipient of a Cultural Equity Grants by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Academy of Fine Arts Award and the County of La Coruña Grant, both in Spain.

Her current work reflects the artist’s vision of creating art that is playfully in dialogue with the urban space, exploring the relationship between nature and urban environment, daily life and ritual.

Artist statement

As an artist, my vision is to create thoughtful art projects that include the local community. I am powerfully moved by art’s capacity to transform the relationship we have with the urban environment and with ourselves. I create large, site-specific drawings and temporary projects in dialogue with the urban landscape, having a real and direct interaction with the public. My whimsical installations play with existing architecture, creating intricate labyrinths that provide a pathway from the public sphere into a contemplative realm, thus linking two very isolated worlds.

The intricate lines and repetitive patterns of my labyrinth-like drawings cohabitate and collaborate with surrounding architecture, enhancing the beauty of the existing environment. I continually draw inspiration from all the different places I have experienced--from the labyrinthine chaos of Mexico City to Spain and San Francisco's rapidly transforming psyche.

Art is the spiritual manifestation of the subconscious mind, therefore I’m interested in daily rituals we practice amongst ourselves to create cities that teem with life. Using everyday materials to interweave the public and private space, I recycle household objects such as shoes, clothes, shirts and carpet into paths--both physical and metaphorical--and mingle the rich stories of a city’s inhabitants.

​I present my work as a playful game and examination of the world that has led me to the discovery of urban street culture and the interconnectedness of human beings.
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