Vanessa Paschakarnis works internationally as a German Canadian artist and exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions, in Europe, the USA and Canada.
She is based in Nova Scotia, Canada and Pietrasanta, Italy.
Paschakarnis holds a Masters degree from Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Germany and a second MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS Canada. As part of her studies and professional work, Vanessa has been engaged in critical writing. Paschakarnis has taught sculpture at NSCAD University from 2000-2002, as Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX from 2004 - 2007 and a summer term in Italy for the University of Georgia, Athens, in 2002.
Vanessa was twice semi-finalist for the prestigious Canadian Sobeys Art Award.
She received the “Best Young Artist Award” in 2009 as a participant of Blickachsen 7, a sculpture Biennale in Bad Homburg, Germany. In 2011 she received the Progress Woman of excellence Award from the Canadian Progress Club.
Vanessa Paschakarnis work is represented in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS; the Art Collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Canada, the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, NS; the sculpture park La Serpara in Civitella D’Agliano, VT, Italy and the Thiel collection in Gland, Switzerland.
Her artworks provoke reaction through material and scale, involving the viewer in a conversation with articulated objects as “the other”, altering and expanding body consciousness to include the outside world in the present moment.