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Paula Saneaux’s "Corpus & Auto-Objectification" to Open July 10th

Acclaimed artist from the Dominican Republic to be featured in Washington, DC solo exhibition.

Washington, DC, July 10, 2018 --( The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Staff
Association Art Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring Dominican artist Paula Saneaux starting
July 10, with an opening reception that evening, and will be on display through August 3. Corpus &
Auto-Objectification will include recent paintings by Saneaux, including “Lanina,” ”Price: Purses and
Shoes,” “The Mentor,” “Like Daughter,” among others.

The works showcased revolve around women's experiences in regard to society, sexuality, fortune, and
misfortune. Saneaux's subjects range from women who are misjudged because of their unwillingness to
conform to society's standards; to wealthier women who objectify themselves because of the influence of
media, the pressure of society, and/or mere pleasure; to prostitutes and victims of human trafficking.

Most of Saneaux's works are acrylics and range in size from 20" x 20" to 58" x 88". Influenced by artists
such as Odd Nerdrum, John Currin, Tamara de Lempicka, Balthus, Rembrandt, Sargent and the
Pre-Raphaelites, Saneaux delves into the human psyche, exploring lust and eroticism, human nature,
manipulation of the masses, poverty, lack of education, loss of respect for traditions, and taboos, among
other themes.

The exhibition is curated by noted Dominican artist Ezequiel Taveras, Artist-in-Residence at Hunter
College Ceramics Department and Curator of Julio Valdez Project Space. Reflecting on Saneaux's work
in Corpus & Auto-Objectification, Taveras says, “Paula efficiently handles her techniques, imbuing the
drama and calamity with intimate beauty. She projects, involves, and eventually represents herself
through each of her models without removing or altering their stories or personalities. She experiences
their stories as her own, and recreates them with her nearly monochrome palette, where color -when it
exists- is a vehicle that pushes viewers to question or reconstruct ideas through their own stories.”

Saneaux says of her exhibition: “I am excited to be showing my work at the IDB Staff Association Art
Gallery because it is my first solo exhibition in Washington DC and my first exhibition since I emigrated
to the United States with the American Artist Green Card I received in 2016. Given the current political
climate, this is a pivotal moment to show these works.” She adds, “In addition to the exhibition, I will be
hosting a live model drawing workshop featuring one of the models, and muses, from my paintings.”

The opening reception, sponsored by the Executive Director for the Dominican Republic at the IDB, will
take place on Tuesday, July 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and is free to the public. The Gallery is a block
away from Metro Center and it is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 7 pm. Guided visits with the
artists will take place on July 18th and August 1st at 6:30 pm. A price list and catalogue will be available
at the gallery. More information about the exhibition can be found at

Event Information

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“Corpus & Auto-Objectification”
Works by Paula Saneaux
Curated by Ezequiel Taveras
July 10 - August 10, 2018

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
6-8 pm

Guided Tour: July 18th and August 1st at 6:30 pm

Workshop: Live Model Drawing, Wednesday, July 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The featured model for the workshop is also one of the models from paintings in the exhibition.

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery

1300 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20577
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 1-7 pm

About Paula Saneaux

Paula Saneaux is a contemporary painter who portrays stories of women. She has been awarded national
and internationally, with prizes such as The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Bludhorm Award,
Pedro Henriquez Urena Award, Parsons The New School of Design's Full Scholarship, and more. On
January 2016, she received the USA EB1-1 Green Card for “Artists of Extraordinary Ability.”

Her art collections are held in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo,
Turin and Washington D.C., and in important institutions of the Dominican Republic, her country of
birth, such as Cándido Bidó Museum, the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic and Funglode of
former Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernández. Also, her artwork has been shown in prestigious
Dominican venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Centro León Museum, the National
Gallery of Art, and others.

Her paintings are mainly created in acrylics and are characterized by gray, dark and/or primary colors
because of a melancholy her characters represent. She portrays stories, feelings or interpretations about
female objectification, female self-objectification, the fragility of life and social standards. For more
information, visit

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