She describes herself as “a duck with a human head and vice versa...” who “doesn’t want to make serious art”.
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.
21.6 x 28
21.6 x 28
21.6 x 28
25.3 x 3.7
40 x 50
100 x 140
15 x 21
21.5 x 27.5
no category, Posted on 01/03/2018
We are back from South Africa! While waiting for spring and for the next exhibition, Cellar Contemporary brings Laurina Paperina’s waiting room at home! (the project was presented at Setup Artfair in Bologna 1- 4 February)Read more
Events, Posted on 14/02/2018
From February 15 to Feb 18 Cellar Contemporary is in South Africa! We are in Cape Town, at Investec Art Fair (located at Cape Town Investec International Convention Center) with a selection of works by Joe Grillo.Read more
Events, Posted on 23/01/2018
Starting from the 1st to the 4th of February, come and visit Laurina Paperina’s “Waiting Room” at SetUp international art fair in Bologna.Read more
Special projects, Posted on 12/10/2017
Laurina Paperina together with Cellar Contemporary tackles a new artistic challenge by giving birth to an additional shade of her style and creativity...Read more
by Davide Raffaelli