Patricia Paludanus Galerie Wilms
Dutch born artist Patricia Paludanus (1974) lives and works in Amsterdam. However, it might be closer to the truth to say she actually resides in the topography of her drawings: meticulous, laborious works that have their genesis in the unspoken dreams and mindscapes of her imagination. Yet, far from being a hermit, she invites the viewer to enter these intimate spaces and explore abstract, surreal worlds that may unlock the unconscious.

Having rediscovered the colored pencil after decades of working in media as diverse as kinetic art, animation, photography, and light sculptures, Paludanus uses this material in a curious, unrecognizable way, hard-edge and graphic, applying almost pulsating combinations of pigments in thick, dense coats that she then burnishes, a process that makes the paper’s textured surface look like leather.

Turning color into object – something to hold, feel, taste – and transforming a sheet into a portal, she uses a process of free association to draw herself – and us – back to an early magical seeing that we all must have experienced when our eyes were brand new.

 Patricia Paludanus has exhibited her drawings both in the Netherlands and internationally, with BDDW gallery in New York City, Miami Beach and Milan and in The Hague at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as part of the U.S. Art in Embassies program.

Her work is supported by a Proven Talent working grant from Mondriaan Fund.



“Have you ever had that dream in which you discover a secret room, full of possibility, hidden behind a door that somehow never caught your attention? 


– I have found that room. 
When, after working in many different types of media over the years, I decided to embark on what I thought would be a short trip back to my roots, and put aside more sophisticated tools to pick up the good old colored pencils I had not touched since childhood, I admit I was driven by the hope to rediscover something of the magic I experienced when the world was bright and new. 
But I would’t have dared to expect this personal quest to be a portal to a chamber unseen and untrodden, where that very magic would be waiting for me, wide awake, whole and untouched.”



“Patricia Paludanus, a Dutch artist based in Amsterdam, studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Enschede, specializing in media art and photography. She has worked in many forms of media such as video, animation and sound, but in recent years rediscovered the humble tools of her early childhood when looking for a magic that seemed lost. She picked up an old set of colored pencils – and has not put them down since. Paludanus describes using each color as similar to hearing a musical chord or tasting food – a physical sensation that connects to her memories and dreams – and applies pigments in such dense layers that color becomes an object. In her drawings, combining hard edges and stark shapes with nuanced grades of color and an almost velvet skin, she creates landscapes of a surreal nature that open doors to the unknown spaces within us.” (BDDW Annex Gallery)


“In the world created by Patricia Paludanus there are the same earthy hues that can be found in our usual one, although punctuated by kaleidoscopic glittering particles. The abstract architecture and the wonderfully improbable cosmogony reveal that it belongs to a supernatural sphere, which Paludanus reaches through her meditative artistic practice and where she leads us through the path drawn by her pencil lines.” (Michela D’Acquisto)


1993 – 1998 Studie aan de Aki, Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst te Enschede. Specialisaties: mediakunst en fotografie. Afstudeerrichting: mediakunst.

Toegekend door stichting Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst te Amsterdam:
Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent (2021 – 2025)
Basisstipendium (2002 – 2006)
Startstipendium (2001 – 2002)
Startstipendium (1999 – 2000)

2023 Patrica Paludanus & Suzanne Jongmans
2020 CAVE LIGHT, duo show met Cara Tomlinson, BDDW Annex Gallery, New York City.
2016 Colour Songs, De Ceuvel, Amsterdam.
2011 SOLO, overzichtstentoonstelling, KunstKerk, Amsterdam.
2005 “Body stories – part one”, Korzo theater, Den Haag.

2022 Ding-A-Dong, The Curators Room, Amsterdam
2022 Art In Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Delegation to the OPCW, Den Haag.
2022 Summershow, Adoráble Art + Design, The Hague
2022 KunstRai, Amuse (Galerie Wilms) en Adoráble Art + Design, Amsterdam.
2022 Works on Paper, Moving Gallery, Utrecht.
2021 Through the Mirage, Fitzrovia Gallery, Londen.
2021 Art the Hague, Adoráble Art + Design, Den Haag.
2021 KunstRai, Adoráble Art + Design, Amsterdam.
2021 This Art Fair, solo stand, Amsterdam.
2021 Tekenkabinet, Amsterdam.
2020 #Artistsupportpledge, De Balie, Amsterdam.
2020 Passages / Kunstrai presentatie (ivm vervallen beurs) bij Adoráble Art + Design.
2020 “This Art Truck”, Amsterdam.
2020 Tekenkabinet, Amsterdam.
2019 Pulse Art Fair, (Miami Art Week), BDDW Annex Gallery, Miami Beach.
2019 Art The Hague, Adórable Art + Design, tevens met Popinnart op deze beurs, Den Haag.
2019 Take Five, Adoráble Art + Design, Den Haag.
2019 Spazio Azzurro, Adoráble Art + Design, Den Haag.
2019 Tekenkabinet, Amsterdam.
2019 Great Artists Steal, Popinnart, Loods 6, Amsterdam.
2019 Fuorisalone, Milan Design Week, BDDW Annex Gallery, Milaan.
2019 Openingsexpositie van BDDW Annex Gallery, New York City.
2018 PopinnArt, Amsterdam.
2018 Tekenkabinet, Amsterdam.
2017 Patricia Paludanus & Hugo Rompa, Cucu, Amsterdam.
2017 Summershow, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam.
2016 Paludanus& Weitenberg, Amphora Art, Amsterdam.
2016 “Introductions 2016”, tevens Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2015 “You’ve got mail”, tevens #Newcollectorbk”, Groundfloor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2012 “Spelen op de grens van het onmogelijke”, Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede (met oa Bill Spinhoven, Job Horst, Michiel Koelink, Kees Aafjes.)
2011 Plants by Night, Galerie Moon, Amsterdam.
2010 “Close up”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2009 “Programmed” BAG Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2009 “Ode aan de meester”(Rutger ten Broeke), galerie Objectief, Enschede.
2008 “Rockers and Posers”, BAG gallery, New York.
2007 “Politics of Power”, BAG gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2007 “Small works show” BAG gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2006 “Het Buitenste Binnen”, beelden uit de Gemeente collectie Enschede (met oa Joep van Lieshout, Merijn Bolink, Maria Roosen, Hans Hovy en Helen Frik.)
2006 Co-curator/deelnemer “Bodywise”, Kunstkerk, Amsterdam.
2003 Living Lights, serie designlampen, Galerie K.I.S, Amsterdam.
2002 “AKI ontplooid”, Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede.
2000 “Werkplaats: Emmen”, CBK Het Bruggebouw, Emmen.
1999 Duo expositie “Tekenen met licht” met Robbie Cornelissen, galerie “Outline”, Amsterdam.
1999 “Eclectisisme”, Der Kulturfabrik, Krefeld, Duitsland.
1999 “Video Art Friesland”, festival, galerie Romein, Leeuwarden.
1999 “Beeld” Medi@haarlem, op uitnodiging van Montevideo/TBA, Haarlem.
1998 “Reset”, georganiseerd door TARt (Technics and Art), Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede.
1998 Eindexamenexpositie mediakunstafdeling op de Aki te Enschede.

2007-2010 Coproducent documentaire “Balance” van Mahalia Cohen, New York, premiere januari 2010, tevens videowerk in deze Amerikaanse documentaire over de eenbenige danser Homer Avila.
2005 One legged warrior, Fotocollages, Homer Avila Memorial, st Marks Churc, New York City.
2004 Videowerk in het performance “MeMoRe” van choreograaf Tomi Paasonen te Berlijn.

2001 Lichtkunstwerk op de gevel van stadsdeelkantoor Gemeente Enschede (10 bij 50 meter)

2003-2005 “Body and Mind” in samenwerking met de New Yorkse danser/choreograaf Homer Avila, voorstudies bij William Forsythe’s Ballet, Frankfurt
1999-2000 “Carrecleta Nahuatl” te Nicaragua, ontwerp & uitvoering kostuums/objecten met de Amsterdamse objecttheatergroep “Monsterverbond” (samenwerkingsproject tussen Nederlandse en lokale theatermakers/kunstenaars te Managua Nicaragua.)

2021 Tekening “Great Expectations II”, LAM museum, Lisse.
+/- 130 werken bevinden zich in privé collecties in binnen- en buitenland.