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PAULA TAVINS

BIOGRAPHY

Although I was born in Chicago, we spent summers in Michigan where there were clay deposits after the rain, and I began making sculptures from this clay as a child. Around the age of 7 or 8, I was exposed to Art when we visited the Art Institute of Chicago and I saw El Greco's Assumption of the Virgin at the end of a huge marble staircase. I was tremendously moved and said, "I want to do that when I grow up" not unlike any other child exposed to a miracle of human achievement who is too naive to understand the monumentality of the task.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, I received my Master's degree At the California College of Arts and . Crafts where I had been awarded a teaching fellowship. After returning To Chicago, and working as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago I studied German Expressionism in Europe and moved to New York. I first began exhibiting my work in the late 1970's. My work has evolved from the grid paintings I exhibited in the 70's to the present day landscapes, which include three- dimensional elements. My work is in private and public collections, including The Chase Manhattan Bank, and Station WLIW.

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