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Paula Damasceno is an African Brazilian American visual artist born in Rio de Janeiro City in 1975 and based in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2012.


Damasceno's work intersects photography and material culture to express and discuss culture through form and shape. Her works speak of a multi-diasporic self and the possibility of self-transcendence through a back-and-forth dance between individuality and plurality.


Paula was selected to participate in the Light Work Artist Residency in 2022 and is currently pursuing an MFA at The School of the Institute of Art and Design of Chicago from which she was awarded a full merit-based scholarship.  She holds a BFA with a concentration in Photography from UNC Greensboro.


She was awarded the 2020 Hariban Juror's Choice Award chosen by Lucy Gallun and the Silver 2020 Fine Art Award from the Budapest International Photo Award. She exhibited at the Weatherspoon Museum and the Southeastern Center for Photography. Her first solo exhibition is scheduled for the Fall of 2023 at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill.

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