Vanessa Paulina grew up in the Caribbean, on the ABC islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, places very dear to her. Her African/ Indian heritage is therefore quite visible in her work. She went to The Netherlands where she studied Fashion design and Illustration. Considering the world as her playground her life became a journey to discover the globe basking in live experiences she expresses in her paintings.
As a painter Vanessa is best known for her ‘Childhood series’ and ‘Schizophrenia series’. In her ‘Childhood Series’ she relived her memories by painting moments captured in time. The series will probably never have an ending, as Vanessa loves having her inner child around. Her ‘Schizophrenia series’ are filled with nostalgia, here she deepens the layers and lets her paintings speak about vulnerability, healing and acceptance. She just started another series titled ‘the Goddesses’, inspired by the power of the feminine energy. Having exhibited around the world, her work always leaves traces of the Diaspora she comes from. She also works as a muralist and has given various international art classes in Drawing, Painting and Fashion.
Vanessa Paulina Illustrated two books by the Dutch Surinam writer Hilli Arduin titled; ‘Ik neem je mee’ en ‘A boi koni’. The books recieved an award in Surinam as the best books of the year 2013. Vanessa has written and illustrated three books as well; ‘Tocht over de rivier’, ‘Puppie’s verhaal’ en ‘Wat wordt ik later’. This for the Children’s book festival edition 2014 in Surinam. For more information on the artist visit : www.vanessapaulina.com