Pavel Brăila studied at the National Technical University Moldova, at the Jan-van-Eyck-Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands and at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporain in Tourcoing, France.
“For me, a contemporary artist is a person who sees the world from a syncretistic point of view, encompassing both unity and pluralism, absorbing his environment and all that is happening into his own life. Life itself becomes the most important work of art. The artefacts which emerge during this process are traces and memories – like fingerprints. They are at the same time both spin-off products and signs of life. I am influenced by the circumstances in which I live, whether in the Republic of Moldavia or elsewhere.”
Brăila took part in numerous international exhibitions and film festivals with films, videos, installations and performances. In 2002 the documenta 11 showed his work „Shoes for Europe“. In 2007 he was represented as artist in residence in the framework of the DAAD-Artist-Program with his installation „Baron’s Hill“ in the New National Gallery Berlin. His most important single exhibitions are (selection): Gallery Yvon Lambert, Paris (2004); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2005) and Gallery in Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2006/2007). Numerous group exhibtions (selection): Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, TATE Gallery London, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan; Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg; Royal College of Art Galleries, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. In 2017 Brăila returned to documenta and showed his work ‚The Golden Snow of the Sochi Olympics‘ in Athen‚ and ‚*The Ship* on a Ride through Kassel/Eine Schifffahrt durch Kassel‘ in Kassel.
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