Paz de la Calzada

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Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is an artist working in site-specific drawing and temporary projects that have a direct interaction with the public. Her whimsical installations play with existing architecture, responding to social, historical or spatial context.

Using everyday materials to interweave the public and private space, she explores the relationship between urban environment, daily life and ritual. Paz presents her work as a playful examination of the world, the human psyche and the interconnectedness of human beings. She draws inspiration from the streets and the people of certain neighborhoods in San Francisco, specifically the Mission District where she has her studio, and the Tenderloin.

Paz came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then she has been in several residency programs around the world, like Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, ArtAmari in Crete and most recently Tvak Studios in India. Paz gained experience as a teacher working in a high school setting in Spain. She also worked as a printmaking teacher and program developer at the International Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CIEC) in Spain.

As an artist and educator Paz believes in the capacity of art making for social transformation. Her teaching strengths are motivating and inspiring people find their own creative process and encourage personal growth. Paz believes in a holistic approach to art education where the process of creation is as important as the final result.