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Paulette Tavormina

Born in 1949 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Paulette Tavormina (born 1949 in Rockville Centre, New York) is an American fine-art photographer who lives and works in New York City. Tavormina is best known for her series, Natura Morta, which features photographic imagery inspired by 17th century Dutch, Spanish and Italian Old Master still life painters.

She studied at the International Center for Photography in New York in 1986, and at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, from 1995 to 2000. Paulette Tavormina's photography is much more than just 'natura morta'. Deriving from a set of influences that owes more to the art of the seventeenth century than that of the present, Tavormina's work takes precedent from the Golden Age of still life painting.

Sometimes spending an entire week on the meticulous arrangement and photographing of her compositions, Tavormina fastidiously pulls together the visual and symbolic connections between quotidian objects to produce images of powerful emotional resonance.

A largely self-taught photographer, Tavormina was previously a prop and food stylist. Her work has been exhibited by galleries in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, and is held by museums including the Alimentarium, Musée de l'Alimentation, Vevey, Switzerland; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida and the Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University, Indiana. She lives and works in New York City.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Paulette Tavormina, Beetles and Huxley, London, England
Paulette Tavormina, Bodegón, Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

2014
Bodegón Photographs, March, San Francisco, CA
Botanicals and Natura Morta, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA

2013
Selection of Photographs, MARCH, San Francisco, CA
Natura Morta, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Natura Morta, Polka Galerie, Paris, France

2010
Natura Morta, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA


GROUP SHOWS

2015
The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, NY
Robert Klein Gallery
Redline, Month of Photography, Denver, CO

2014
The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, NY
Robert Klein Gallery & Robert Mann Gallery
Tulip Mania, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
The Art of Illusion, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London, England

2013
Paris Photo, Robert Klein Gallery, Paris, France
Photography Show, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London, England
LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, Berkeley Square, London England
EXPO Chicago, Robert Mann Gallery, Chicago, IL
Le Radici dello Squardo: Natura Morte tra quadri barocchi e inquadrature fotografiche de Novecento, Marcovaldo Museum, II Filatoio, Caraglio, Italy
An Artist’s Delight: Revealing the Fantasies of Still Life, The Alimentarium Museum, Vevey, Switzerland
Fragile: Photographing Nature, Beauty and Memories, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, England
The AIPAD Photography Show, Robert Klein Gallery, New York City

2012
Paris Photo, Robert Klein Gallery, Paris, France
Art Southampton, Robert Klein Gallery, Southampton, NY
Natura Morta, Polka Galerie, Paris, France
The AIPAD Photography Show, Barry Singer Gallery & Robert Klein Gallery, New York, NY

2011
The Photographers 2011, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, England
Paris Photo, Robert Klein Gallery, Paris, France
Natura Morta, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Natura Morta, Polka Galerie, Paris, France
Art Hamptons, Robert Klein Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Still Life: Revisited, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Art Chicago, Barry Singer Gallery, Chicago, IL
Food for Thought: A Group Exhibition, Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY
The AIPAD Photography Show, Robert Klein Gallery, New York City, NY
Photo L.A., Barry Singer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sotheby’s, New York, NY

2010
Art Miami, Robert Klein Gallery & Barry Singer Gallery, Miami, FL
Paris Photo, Robert Klein Gallery, Paris, France
Festival International de la Photographie Culinaire, Paris, France
Art of Farming Exhibition and Auction, Sotheby’s, New York City, NY
Art Hamptons, Barry Singer Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Sotheby’s, New York, NY
Naturae Mortae, Photographica Fine Art, Lugano, Switzerland
AD 20/21 Art and Design Show, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
The AIPAD Photography Show, Robert Klein Gallery, New York City, NY

2009
Through a Painter’s Lens, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Paris Photo, Robert Klein Gallery, Paris, France
Still Seen, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA


AWARDS

2010
Grand Prix du Festival, Festival International de la Photographie Culinaire, Paris, France

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