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Born in the Dominican Republic, Wildriana María de Jesús Paulino is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and is currently an educator at The Bronx Museum. In 2022, Wildriana participated in the New York Latin American Art Triennial (NYLAAT) and exhibited Maternity Figure, a life-size installation resulting from her research on femicide (the normalized killing of women for being women). A recipient of the 2022 Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Prize and a 2023-2024 178Studio artist-in-residence at Conerstone Studios, Wildriana's collaborations include Women's Strike NYC and The Audubon Society. She has exhibited her work at diverse organizations, including the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) and NYLAAT, where she is in line for the Governors Island Summer 2024 Residency.


My work explores the relationship between womanhood and nature, using this connection as a catalyst for reclaiming autonomy. It also questions the modes of subjugation female agency and bodies have been subject to throughout society and its many politics.


Interdisciplinary, I use historical, mythical, and personal lenses to delve into the diverse facets of the female experience free from external scrutiny. 


I depict the body as a vessel for self-reclamation, akin to a caterpillar in its cocoon or my upbringing in a matriarchal household, autonomously growing and transforming. My work spotlights the expansive and inward qualities of femininity and celebrates its inherent strength and resilience. It reimagines the body as an independent entity that creates itself through modes of autogenesis, and utilizes nature as a place of reference and refuge.



2022  The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, BFA 

Solo Exhibitions

2022   Para nunca escocer - To Never Ache, The Cooper Union, New York

2017   Introduction, The City College of New York, New York


Group Exhibitions

2023    Scaling Nature, Bronx River Art Center, (The BRAC),  New York

2022    Abya Yala, NY Latin American Art Triennial, Governors Island, New York
2022    EOYS, The Cooper Union, New York

2022    12 x 12 x 12, The Cooper Union, New York

2021    Diversidad Juntos, ArteLatAm, Virtual Exhibition 

2021    1(800) Support, The Cooper Union, New York

2021    Viva La Memento Mori, AHA Fine Art, New York 

2021    AfreeCAN, Chashama Gallery, New York 

2021    EOYS, The Cooper Union, New York
2021    Social Reckoning, eMele-K, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York

2020    For the Love of Art: An Appropriated Intentions Exhibition, Fort George Hill, New York 

2020    Annual Members Exhibition, Robert Blackburn Printshop, New York

2020    EOYS, The Cooper Union, Virtual Exhibition

2019    EOYS, The Cooper Union, New York

2018    Untitled Show 3, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York

2018    YES, Saturday Program at Cooper Union, New York

2017    Uptown Triennial, The Studio Museum in Harlem in conjunction with Miriam and Ira D.       

            Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York  

2017    La Casa, La Casa, New York

2017    Impressions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Residencies / Awards 


2024       NYLAAT,  Artist in Residence, Governors Island, NY (forthcoming)
2023-24  Cornerstone 178Studio Artist in Residence, New York, NY

2022       Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Prize 

2021       Sylvia Appelman Painting Award

               School of Art at the Cooper Union Grant recipient 

               The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation Grant recipient 
2020      The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation Grant recipient 

              Young Blackburn Print Fellow, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

2019      Pinta Tu Patria, Dominican Embassy, First place
              Innovator Scholarship, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

2018      Merit Scholarship, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

              We Support Creativity, Undergraduate World Award recipient 

2017      Harlem Postcard Photography Competition, First Place



2023    Pine Warbler by Wildriana Paulino, Audubon Mural Project
2022    Cientos de artistas de toda latinoamérica exponen en trienal de Nueva York, El Pulso, SLP, México
2022    Senior Snapshots: School of Art 2022, The Cooper Union
2022    Wildriana Paulino: To Never Ache, Interview by Beez and Honey Podcast- Nicollette Ramirez

2022    30 Seconds In The Studio, The Cooper Union
2021    Wildriana Paulino, artista dominicana, eleva la voz de las mujeres con su arte, Interview by ArteLatAm


Public Projects

2022   Mural painting for Audubon Society, NYC 

2021   Mural painting for Collectivo Amarante

2021   Design for Women Strike NYC

2020   Public art in conjunction with Women Strike NYC

Professional Experience


2023       Museum Educator, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, New York 

2021       Intern at Pace Paper Prints, New York
2020       Intern at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York

2020-21  Sculpture Instructor, Saturday Program at The Cooper Union, New York

2020       Assistant to Director, ArteLatAm, New York
2017-19  Gallery Assistant at Kenkeleba House, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York 

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