Vanessa Paschakarnis is a German Canadian sculptor and holds a Masters degree in Fine Art, Sculpture from the Art Academy in Berlin, Germany (Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee) and a Master of Fine Art in Fine and Media Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS Canada.
Paschakarnis exhibited her work, sculpture and drawing, in Europe, the USA and Canada. Her last solo exhibitions were “Tight Rein” at Studio 21 Fine Art in Halifax, NS, “Beasts and Burdens” at Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, PQ; “Domesticated Beasts” at Alison Smith Gallery in Toronto, ON Canada; “Vanessa Paschakarnis” at the Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and “ForeShadowing” at the Forum Gallery Dallas, TX USA.
In the summer of 2012 Vanessa Participated in a group exhibition in the Festival Nomen est Omen in Wangen a.A. in Switzerland as one of the artists represented in the sculpture garden LaSerpara in Civitella D’Agliano in Italy. In 2011 her work “Blue Moon” was featured in the important exhibition Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI USA. Her work has been included in the summer group exhibition 2008 at Marlborough Chelsea in New York City and she was a participant in Blickachsen 7, an international sculpture Biennale in Bad Homburg, Germany in the summer of 2009 where she also received the “Best Young Artist Award”.
Vanessa Paschakarnis received continueous support through Nova Scotia Provincial grants and was twice semi-finalist for the sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian Art. In 2011 she received the Progress Woman of excellence Award of the Canadian Progress Club.
Paschakarnis taught sculpture at NSCAD University and for the University of Georgia at Athens on their Campus in Cortona, Italy. She was Assistant Professor of Sculpture at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX from 2004-2007. She was coordinator, member of the steering committee and participant of the first Atlantic Stone Carving Symposium, an event that was planned for 3 years and took place with extraordinary success in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in early September 2005.
Vanessa Paschakarnis has works in private and public collections, among others the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the art collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Canada and the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, NS. In 2011 she installed the sculpture “Cavallo” in the sculpture park LaSerpara, Italy and “The Winged Being” in a private collection in Switzerland. In 2013 the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, bought the work “Shadows for Humans” for their collection. Vanessa works in Canada and Italy.