(Ariranha / SP, 1959) A painter, draftsman and engraver, Paulo Pasta seeks to build a temporality in painting. The colors and forms in his works seem to flatten the perception of the passaging of time; when facing the canvases, the present is almost absolute. The forms and geometries represented in the dense atmospheres created by the artist are slowly recognizable by a viewer's watchful eye – placed between horizons and obstacles, that prevent the representational space from being seen clearly. The density and time created by Pasta are contrary to any concession to the practical world and its demands for promptness and readiness; his poetics lies in the rumor and openness to the present time.
With a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (2011), he has held solo shows at several locations, such as Galeria Carbono, São Paulo, Brazil, and Paulo Darzé, Salvador, Brazil (2017); Palácio Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (2016); Galeria Millan, Anexo Millan and Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Centro Cultural Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); among others.
He also participated in important group shows, including: MAC-USP no Século XXI – A Era dos Artistas, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Clube de Gravura – 30 Anos, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil, and Os Muitos e o Um, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); 30 x Bienal, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Europalia, International Art Festival, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Matisse Hoje, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2009); Panorama dos Panoramas, MAM-SP, Brazil (2008); MAM [na] Oca, Oca, São Paulo, Brazil (2006); Arte por Toda Parte, 3rd Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2001); Brasil + 500 – Mostra do Redescobrimento, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2000); III Bienal de Cuenca, Equador (1991), among other.
His works are featured in various collections, among them: Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; MAM-SP, Brazil; MAM-RJ, Brazil; MAC-USP, SP, Brazil; Museu de Belas-Artes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, USA; and Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany.