Paloma Varga Weisz

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Paloma Varga Weisz (born 1966) is a contemporary artist living in Germany, best known for her sculptures and drawings.[1] In 2012, six of her drawings were acquired by and exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art.[2][3] She lives and works in Düsseldorf.


Paloma Varga Weisz was trained as a woodcarver from 1987–90 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From 1990 to 1998 she studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Tony Cragg and Gerhard Merz.[4] Her multifaceted practice includes sculptures and installations mainly in wood and ceramics, as well as watercolors and drawings.[5] Angela Stief, a curator at the Kunsthalle Wien, has said of her work: "Paloma Varga Weisz’ sculptural oeuvre, characterized by obvious references to traditional iconography and handcraft, joins the historical with a contemporary artistic practice that only rarely reveals its genealogical roots."[6]

She is the youngest daughter of Feri Varga (1906 – 1989), a Hungarian artist who primarily lived and worked in France and Germany.

Awards and scholarships[edit]

  • 2000/2001: Bremerhavenstipendium, Bremerhaven[citation needed]
  • 2007: Marianne-Werefkin-Preis, Berlin


  • Maison de Plaisance: Rosemarie Trockel und Paloma Varga Weisz. Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2012, Nürnberg. ISBN 978-3-86984-360-5
  • Neues Rheinland - die postironische Generation. Distanz Verlag, 2010, Berlin. ISBN 978-3-942405-20-1
  • A million miles from home. Folkestone Triennale, Cultureshock Media, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9562669-4-1
  • Paloma Varga Weisz, Gilded Age. A Tale of Today. Katalog Kunsthalle Wien. Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2008, Nürnberg. ISBN 978-3-940748-28-7
  • Paloma Varga Weisz, Zeichnungen. Koenig Books, 2005, London. ISBN 978-3-88375-999-9
  • Raumfürraum. Katalog Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005, Köln. ISBN 978-3-88375-924-1
  • Most Wanted: The Olbricht Collection. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005, Köln
  • Interviews 2. Gerald Matt, Kunsthalle Wien, 2008. ISBN 978-3-86560-364-7
  • Of Mice and Men. 4. Berlin Biennale, 2005, Hatje Cantz. ISBN 978-3-7757-1765-6
  • Sammlung Kunst der Gegenwart in K 21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. 2005, Düsseldorf, ISBN 978-3-8321-7567-2
  • Paloma Varga Weisz. Katalog Museum Kurhaus Kleve. Revolver, Archiv für Aktuelle Kunst, 2004. ISBN 3-934935-16-8 u. ISBN 3-937577-43-2
  • Paloma Varga Weisz. Sammlung Ackermans, 1999, Xanten

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