OUR WORK STARTS HERE
Paulista Gallery is an art space and online store housed in the lush environment of Sydney's Northern Beaches since 2014 with the core purpose to bring, within the reach of our audience, works of art that possess authentic creative views.
Paulista Gallery dedicates its focus to the research and the radiation of all aspects of contemporary art making as a way to enrich lives, to stretch minds and to encourage creativity.
Paulista Gallery seeks throughout its curatorial to have a collection of objects with provenance and history which will bring joy and inspiration to viewers and collectors. It seeks to promote art as a sublime form of self expression and artists as transformers of reality.
“ We seek to achieve our mission by doing every aspect of our 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 with classical piano which she played from the age of 7 until her late teens.
Cassia 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. The 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 — another one of Cassia’s greatest interests.
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 after long trip to France in the 90s that Cassia started painting and was able to 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 producer position on a large art and design exhibition project where Cassia worked with influential architects and designers such as Claudio Bernardes and Arthur Casas facilitating a 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 with two exhibitions being produced in Sydney.
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.