Laurina Paperina (Italian, b. 1980, Rovereto, Italy).
She lives in Duckland, a small town in the Universe.
She has shown her work internationally, including group exhibitions in private galleries, art foundations, museums and public spaces. Also She has participated in festivals and art fairs.
Working predominantly with the imaginary of contemporary heroes, Laurina Paperina pokes fun at art and life in her morbidly humorous paintings, drawings, installations and animations.
She describes herself as “a duck with a human head and vice versa...” who, “doesn’t want to make serious art”. Instead She ridicules the self-importance endemic to the artistic enterprise, as well as politics, religion, and pop culture, through her cartoonish caricatures.
In her multi-part project titled, How to Kill the Artists (begun 2007), Paperina pays twisted homage to modern and contemporary art stars like Picasso, Marina Abramovic and Takashi Murakami by killing them with their own work. Murakami, for example, is eaten alive by one of his maniacally grinning flowers while Abramovic performs herself to death.
The motivation of her relentless abuse is a wild sense of humor, a commentary on contemporary forms of media, and a successful attempt to make light of the all too often serious pretensions of today's art world. Despite their often gruesome acts, her child-like characters are disarming and full of wit.
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, J. M. Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, The Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, CCS of Detroit, CCA Andratx Kunsthalle in Majorca, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo in Victoria-Gasteiz, Stadtgalerie in Kiel, Kunsthaus in Essen, Schaufler Foundation in Sindelfingen, NKV in Wiesbaden, The Royal Standard (Liverpool Biennial), Janco Dada Museum of Haifa, École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nimes, FRAC Languedoc Roussilon de Montpellier, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nimes, IAC Villeurbanne Rhône-Alpes (Biennale de Lyon), Philarmonie de Paris, La Triennale di Milano, Palazzo della Permanente di Milano, MART di Rovereto, MADRE di Napoli, Kunst Merano Arte di Merano, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa di Venezia, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, MIC e Museo delle Scienze Naturali di Faenza.
Galleria Perugi (Padova), Freight+Volume Gallery (New York City), Galerie Magda Danysz (Paris), Travesia Cuatro (Madrid), Rubicon Gallery (Dublino), AB23 (Vicenza), Lincart (San Francisco),18 Gallery (Shanghai), The Volta Show (New York City), Nassauischer Kunstverein (Wiesbaden), Lab_Comacina (Lugano), Studio d’Arte Raffaelli (Trento), Fouladi Projects (San Francisco), Galeria Ferran Cano (Palma de Mallorca), Mazel Galerie (Brussels).
Art in America, Wall Street International (Art), ArtLoversNewYork, New Times Miami, SF Gate, SF WEEKLY, San Francisco Chronicles, KQED Arts, Juxtapoz online, Complex (Style), Hyperallergic, Funny or die, Global Times, Artnet, The Art Ship - Bulletin of Visual Culture, Glasstire (Texas Visual Art), FAUX Q, GQ magazine France, DesignBoom, SmartShanghai, City Weekend Shanghai, Totally Dublin, Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Monopol, DPI publishing, Arte al Limite, TrendHunter Art & Design, Who Killed Bambi?, Arts Mallorca, MAC! Mallorca Confidential, Exibart, Huffingtonpost, Work Art In Progress, Kult, Espoarte, Arte e Critica, Insideart, La Repubblica, l’Unità, Smemoranda, Frizzifrizzi, It’s Nice That, Marie Claire, Juliet, Arte Mondadori, Rolling Stone Italia, XL di Repubblica, Il Giornale dell’Arte.
RECENT COLLAB AND EVENTS
In 2013, Laurina Paperina was selected for 14° Premio Cairo, Italy.
In 2014, She was included in the VI° edition of VAF Foundation, Germany,
In 2015 She was invited for a public lecture event at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit for the group exhibition “Making Mischief”.
In 2016 Paperina made a big installation entitled “Wall of Fame” for the fashion event Pitti Immagine Uomo in collaboration with Rolling Stone Magazine. In the same year, in collaboration with Sky Arte Italia, She was commissioned by Sky Racing Team VR46 to do a new bike livery for the Misano GP. She was also commissioned by Hinds (a Spanish indie rock band) to do a music animation and a zine for their “Bamboo” song; Then, the project has been shown at House of Vans in Brooklyn with an interactive art installation.
From 2016 to 2020 She will take part at “My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action”, a traveling exhibition around the United States.