OUR WORK STARTS HERE
Paulista Gallery is an art space and online store housed in the lush environment of Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Paulista Gallery dedicates its focus to the research and the radiation of the all aspects of contemporary art making - with the core purpose to bring, within the reach of our audience, works that possess authentic views of the world.
Paulista Gallery is committed to the transmission of the language of art and the voice of art makers as a way to enrich lives, to stretch minds or to encourage creativity.
Paulista Gallery seeks throughout its curatorial to have a collection of objects with provenance and a history which will bring joy and inspiration to viewers and collectors.
Paulista Gallery seeks to promote art as a sublime form of self expression and to support artists as transformers of reality.
Paulista Gallery seeks to achieve its mission by doing every aspect of its work as a supreme act of love.
HOW IT STARTED
Paulista Gallery began as an idea of founding director Cassia Bundock, a Brazilian curator/artist/producer who lives in Sydney, Australia.
Cassia’s appreciation and involvement with artistic practice started early - she played classical piano from the age of 7 until her late teens; she was raised in the neighbourhood of Bixiga; a Paulista bohemian central district only a few blocks away from the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), where paintings of Lasar Segall, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti amongst the work of other modernists artists could be seen and where Cassia would go, as a child, on bicycle's cruises under the 74 metres of freestanding building designed by Lina Bo Bardi.
This neighbourhood also houses several theatres and it is only a jump from the Teatro Municipal, a city landmark of a Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau style, where the teenager Cassia would watch the Grupo Corpo perform modern ballet, today called Contemporary Dance, one of Cassia’s greatest interest.
Baroque Roman Catholic Churches are also densely present in Bixiga and their symbolism were a sort of inspiration in her life and later in her work.
It wasn’t until a long trip to France in 1991 that Cassia had her passion for art emerge more consciously, on her return to Brazil she started painting and participated in two group exhibitions within an artist run initiative.
To support her artistic endeavours, Cassia used her degree in marketing to work in the advertising, media, design and home interiors industries , the latter leading to a creation of an exhibition project where Cassia collaborated with influential architects and designers such as Claudio Bernardes and Arthur Casas producing a design exhibition and facilitating collaborative work within a sustainability concept framework.
Cassia moved to Australia in the 2000 with her two children; at that time she was interested in assemblage and worked with wood, baroque images, paint and other objects to create mystical and reflective pieces.
Two years later Cassia developed a strong interest in African and Indigenous art and started a company introducing artifacts from Africa to Australia and subsequently from Brazil to Australia.
Cassia produced two exhibitions in Sydney and traded with art collectors and galleries until the arrival of her third child making travel more difficult. After a few years Cassia made the decision to study art academically and enrolled at first in the post-graduate course of Art Administration later moving to Curating and Cultural Leadership, both at the UNSW Art and Design.
The desire to bring accessible and contemporary artistic objects from Brazil to Australia and from Australia to Brazil has been a constant element in Cassia’s life .
“ I am quite interested in the juxtaposition of cultures and languages and observe the cultural exchange that occurs. I think it has to do with my own experience of displacement and identity affirmation from living as a diaspora.”
The Gallery was named Paulista for the density that represents being Paulista - a vast, pluralist, syncretist, hybrid and polemic society. São Paulo - the place that houses everything Paulista - is an alpha city built by Brazilians from all over the country as well as by foreign immigrants from many parts the world. It is from São Paulo that culture and progress emanate to all parts of the country and the globe.
Paulista Gallery departs undeniably from an specific place although with an utterly international perspective. All of its practice and programs are multifocal and unbounded by cultural limits.
Paulista Gallery sprouts out of a disruptive and radical global change with an urgency to illuminate and show the perpetuating sensual beauty of life.