See Through

A short documentary by Sofia Due Rosenzweig

B i o

Artist Pauline Galiana was born in Algiers and grew up in Switzerland and then France. She received her MFA at ESAG in Paris in 1984, and holds a Christie’s Art Business Certificate. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library; Memorial Sloan Kettering Gallery Brooklyn; Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn; the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Drawing Rooms Art Center, NJ; Durham Arts Council, NC; Islip Art Museum, NY; New York Institute of Technology; ChaShaMa Gallery, NYC; Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery, Bushwick; Baron Boisanté Gallery, NYC; Ramis Barquet Gallery, Mexico; FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL; Stadtmuseum Deggendorf, Germany among others. In 2017 she was selected for a one-month artist residency at MassMoCa in North Adams, MA. Her work is included in the collections of UBS, New York University, the National Museum of Romanian Literature, where she won a 2018 Bibliophile Object-Book Biennale award, and private collections in New York, Washington, Houston, Paris, Riyadh, London and Sydney. She lives and works in New York City.

S t a t e m e n t

I engage simultaneously with many distinct bodies of work, from collages to paintings and drawings, from ephemeral installations to small-scale sculptures, from performances to videos. My work combines noble and mundane materials; whatever the specific process, materials and images are usually deconstructed, then reconstructed and hybridized. I waste nothing. My processes are obsessive and meditative, combining meticulous planning and patient execution. When applied to materials of varied form, resilience, texture, the otherwise common motions of drawing, looping, sticking, or sewing become transformative. Expressing instinctive states of mind through formal compositions, often rigorous grids, I extract meaning from unexpected encounters and entropy.

A w a r d

National Museum of Romanian Literature, the 2018 Bibliophile Book and Object-Book Biennale Award

A r t  R e s i d e n c i e s

• MASS MoCA Studios 2017 and 2019

S o l o  E x h i b i t i o n s

• 2023, Pauline Galiana: Mind and Body, Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art, online show

• 2021, Lost & Bound, Karen & Ed Adler Gallery, Port Washington, NY

• 2018, Fracture, Fusion & Form, MSK Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• 2017, Shredded Impressions, Sloan Kettering Center, NY
• 2012, New York Public Library/Midtown-Window Installation Project
 and Artist Dialogue Event
• 2009, TAI/Exhibits, NY
• 2008, Cendrillon Gallery, NY
• 2003- 2004, Cendrillon Gallery, NY

S e l e c t e d   G r o u p   E x h i b i t i o n s


Layers of Identity: Pauline Galiana, Holly Heller, Joanne Steinhardt, Art Lives Here, El Barrio's Artspace, New York, NY

Unbound Variable, NotYet.Arts and UAAD, Sojourner Gallery, NYC 

Creative Climate Awards 2024, Human Impact Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Metamorphosis: Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined, Kay Daugherty Gallery, Annamarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD

Up-Close From Afar, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY



Broken Branches, Cult Favorite Gallery, online show

I Would Prefer Not To, Art150, Jersey City, NJ

• conFRONTation, Climate Art Collection, SHOWZ Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Transplants, Amos Enos Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Show 2023, Studio Artego, Queens, NY

23 Artists in 2023, Ubique, online show

Are We Free to Move About the World: The Passport in Contemporary Art, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Pattern Recognition, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, online show


Wood and Paper, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Trash, Local Project, Long Island City, NY

Nearly White and Nearly Black, Artists Living Room, online show

• Summer 2022, Randolph Town, Town Hall, NH

Splinters in the ongoing normal, Project Gallery V, online show

Art In Embassies, Geneva, Switzerland

2022 Exhibition, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

• Well Design Gallery, Mendham, NJ

Scale within the Artist’s Practice: Part Two - Landscape and Abstraction, NYAC @ Art at First, NYC


Full Circle, WoArtBlog & 1st Dibs, online show

Members Only, Art Lives Here @ Living With Art, Harlem, NY

Petit: Smaller Sized Art, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

Mostly Monochrome, WoArtBlog & 1st Dibs, online show

Survival Tools for the Age of Ultra Anxiety, Jeju Island Artist Collective, The Plaxall Gallery, Queens, NY

Night Visions, MoCA L.I.GHTS 2021, Pop-up Projection Gallery, Patchogue, NY

100 Works on Paper, Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

Global Paper 5, Stadtmuseum Deggendorf, Deggendorf, Germany

Drawn Together, Mail Art Collaboration by Ongoing Conversation, FL

Plastic is Drastic, Eco Aware Gallery, online show

Lost and Found, NY Artists Circle, online show

The Fifth Element, Outlander Gallery, New Jersey, NJ

Fragile Earth, NY Artists Circle, online show

Earth Day Experience 2021, Eco Art Database, online show


30/30 Small Works on Paper, Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

Night Visions, MoCA L.I.GHTS 2020, Festival & Patchogue Arts Council, Patchogue, NY

100 Works on Paper Benefit Exhibition, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

USPS Art Project, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

USPS Art Project, Sunset Art Studios, Dallas, TX

USPS Art Project, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

In Reflection: Selections from the Kentler Flat Files, online show

Collective Isolation, Robert Henry Contemporary, online show

The 23rd Annual Art Jam, Hudson Guild Gallery, online show

Save The Earth, Art At First, online show

Detritus, Viridian gallery, NYC, online show


• Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

• Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

Among Friends, Clemente Gallery, NY

Your Plus-One, Mount Airy Contemporary, PA


Atmospheric Perspectives, NY Artists Circle, Chashama, New York, NY

Stillness, NY Artists Circle Online Exhibition

Talkatives, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Girlhood, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

The Bibliophile Book and Object Book Biennale, National Museum of Romanian Literature, Bucharest, Romania


The Big Small Show, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

Croix Rousse, Lyon, France

Art Of Paper, four-artist show, Semans & Allenton Galleries, Durham Arts Council, NC

Contemporary Reuse, MFTA Gallery, Long Island City, NY

Annual Art Festival, Randolph, NH

Summer Show, Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC

Priority Mail, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Duality: Glimpses of the Other Side, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Backlot Art Festival Kaufman Arts District, Queens, NY

Paper Works, Fort Works Art Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

Kentler Benefit, Brooklyn, NY

In Bloom, Selection from the Kentler International Drawing Space flat files, Brooklyn, NY


Facie, D. Lombardi, Galerie Protégé, NYC

Bits and Pieces: Pauline Galiana, Liz Jaff and Jim Osman, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

100 Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

Let There Be Art!, Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA


Scope Miami, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Miami, FL

Boundary-less, Pleiades Gallery, NYC

Sloan Kettering Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Woolworth Tower, NYC

One more week of summer, Muriel Guépin Gallery, NYC

Stack/File, Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY


MADE’s Celebration, NYC


Merry go Round, Muriel Guépin Gallery, NYC

Victorious, Aureus Contemporary, NYC

Scope New York, Aureus Contemporary, NYC

Paper Chase, New York Institute of Technology, NYC

Childlike, Asymmetrik Gallery, NYC

Wynwood Art Miami, Aureus Contemporary, Miami, FL


Art Miami-Context, Asymmetrik Gallery, NYC

Shredded: Off the Grid, New York Public Library, NYC

To Be Considered, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

(E)merge, Asymmetrik Gallery, NYC

Summer Show, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Jeux-Rêves, a two-artist show, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



A Feast for the Eye, Lazarus Gallery-United Hebrew, New Rochelle
, NY

Fine Art Houston, Aureus Contemporary Gallery
, Houston, TX

Summer Show, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Brooklyn
, NY

AAF New York, Muriel Guépin Gallery, NYC

Art-Chicago, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Text, Parlor Gallery, Asbury, NJ

Elusive, Parlor Gallery, Asbury
, NJ


Scope Miami, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Miami, FL

Art Hamptons Bridgehampton, Muriel Guépin Gallery


• Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

AAF New York, Muriel Guépin Gallery, NYC

Landfill Art Project, an Artist Reclamation Project organized by Ken Marquis, PA

Looking In, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Brooklyn
, NY


Winter Show, Shop Art Studio, Brooklyn
, NY

Beyond the Fray, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY


Talkative Cells, Ramis Barquet Galeria, Monterrey-Mexico, New York

• Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY

Small Works Show, NYU, NY 


• 2006 Outer Limits, Aurora Gallery, Long Island City, NY

• 2005 Cendrillon Gallery, NY 

• 2002 04 Museum Editions, NY

• 2002 Art League of Bradenton, Brandenton, FL

• 2001 Stockholm Art Fair, Arena@Feed Gallery

• 2001 Arena, Feed Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• 2001 Meat Market Art Fair New York, Arena@Feed Gallery


• 2000 Virtual Show Arena, Feed Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• 2000 Baron-Boisanté Gallery, NYC 

B i b I i o g r a p h y


METAMORPHOSIS, Exhibition catalog, Annamarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 2024

INSTIGATIONS/PROVOCATIONS, Superpresent Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 1, Winter 2024


AFFILIATION / ALIENATION, XinSai Magazine, Issue 3, 2023

ARE WE FREE TO MOVE ABOUT THE WORLD: THE PASSPORT IN CONTEMPORARY ART, Exhibition catalog, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, curator Grace Aneiza Ali, 2023

POLEMICAL ZINE, BLUE, Issue 19, 2023

SUBOART ZINE, Summer Print Issue, 2023

GENEVA USUN 2022 CATALOG, Art In Embassies, Geneva, Switzerland, 2022

• GLOBAL PAPER 5, International Paper Art Triennial, Deggendorf Museum, 2021


ONCE OUT OF CHAOS, William Drenttel, Design Observer, 2009

TALKATIVE CELLS, Karen Cordero Reiman, México, DF, 2008

SHE WHO PUTS IT ALL SO WELL, Alexander García Düttmann. Middlesex University, 

   London, 2003

I n t e r v I e w s

• 2020, Artspiel, Artists on coping.

• 2020, Turning Art

• 2019, Robert Henry Contemporary

A f f i l a t I o n s 

Art in Embassies

• Art Lives Here

• Climate Art Collection

• Drawing Rooms

• Equity Gallery


NY Artists Circle

• Project Vortex

Robert Henry Contemporary