Reality meets reverie: Paula Urzica showcases the power of femininity through her art

Ten Macarons by Paula Urzica
Ten Macarons by Paula Urzica
DTR Modern Galleries

Paula Urzica is an artist that understands the power of femininity. With an aesthetic that dances between hyperrealism and impressionism, Urzica’s work captivates the senses, inviting viewers into a realm where reality meets reverie.

Born from a serendipitous encounter with hyperrealism several years ago, Urzica’s journey as an artist is as mesmerizing as her creations.

The Genesis of Inspiration

For Urzica, inspiration is a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and flavors. It began with a chance discovery of hyperrealism, a genre that would become her muse. Drawn to its intricate detail and lifelike representations, she embarked on a quest to translate the vibrancy of everyday objects onto canvas. From luscious ice creams to delicate macarons, from blooming flowers to succulent fruits, each subject becomes a symphony of hues under her deft hand.

Crafting the Artistic Symphony

The allure of Urzica’s art lies not only in her subjects but also in her meticulous creative process. With a penchant for planning, she meticulously curates her compositions, blending elements of reality with a touch of spontaneity. From scouting for objects that catch her eye to orchestrating photoshoots for the perfect reference, every step is a dance between intention and chance. Her perfume bottles give an ode to the power of consumption, lightly dust, and shimmering in a number of color. 

In her studio sanctuary, where podcasts on true crime provide the soundtrack to her artistic odyssey, Urzica’s creative rituals unfold. Amidst the tranquility of her tidy workspace, adorned with neatly organized paints and supplies, she channels her inner alchemist, transforming blank canvases into vibrant masterpieces.

Coco Rouge Neon by Paula UrzicaDTR Modern Galleries

The Symphony of Shades

Central to Urzica’s artistic lexicon is her distinctive color palette—an ode to the spectrum of emotions encapsulated in shades of pink. From soft blush to bold magenta, pink permeates her compositions, infusing them with joy and vitality. It is a color that transcends mere pigment, becoming a conduit for expressing the ineffable beauty of the human experience.

Evolution and Expression

As with any artist, Urzica’s style has undergone metamorphosis over the years. What once epitomized hyperrealism has evolved into a fusion of realism and abstraction. Through bolder brushstrokes and a kaleidoscope of colors, she invites viewers to journey beyond the confines of reality, embracing the realm of imagination and emotion.

Macaron on Plate I by Paula UrzicaDTR Modern Galleries

Beyond the Canvas

Beyond the confines of her studio, Urzica finds solace in the simple pleasures of life. Whether embarking on leisurely strolls in nature, losing herself in the pages of a captivating book, or reveling in the company of her feline companion, she finds inspiration in the moments of stillness and reflection.

Youthful and yet powerful— Paula Urzica’s art offers a glimpse into the convergence of  reality and imagination , weaving a narrative that transcends the boundaries of perception. With each brushstroke, she invites us to peer through the looking glass—a journey that invites us to explore the chromatic cosmos of possibility.

Currently available at DTR Modern Gallery— check out dtrmodern.com for further information.


Art Talk: Nothing like seeing it in person

Art is more than just a collection of colors splattered on a canvas or intricate sculptures crafted from stone. It is a reflection of human expression, creativity, and the essence of our collective experiences throughout history.

Access to art, especially through galleries, serves as a cornerstone in preserving our cultural heritage and fostering societal growth.

Art galleries play a crucial role in providing a platform for artists to showcase their work and for viewers to engage with diverse perspectives, narratives, and emotions. They serve as communal spaces where people can come together to appreciate, critique, and contemplate the beauty and complexity of human existence.

One of the most significant aspects of art galleries is their ability to preserve and display artworks for public viewing. By housing paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other forms of art, galleries ensure that these creations are not only accessible to the public but also safeguarded for future generations. In doing so, they become custodians of our cultural legacy, preserving the rich tapestry of human history and creativity.

Moreover, art galleries facilitate cultural exchange and understanding by showcasing works from different regions, time periods, and artistic movements. Visitors are exposed to a diverse range of styles, techniques, and themes, allowing them to broaden their perspectives and gain insight into unfamiliar cultures and perspectives. This exposure fosters empathy, tolerance, and appreciation for the complexities of the human experience, ultimately promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

A few galleries to visit this month:
• FORMAH Gallery, 42 Allen St
• Guy Hepner Gallery, 521 W. 26th St.