Originally from Mexico City, via California, and South Carolina, Paulina has been immersed in the fields of art and graphic design for over 15 years. She received a BFA from the Academy of Art University and the University of San Francisco in 1999. More recently, in October of 2017, she earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and an exhibiting parter at Pine Moon Fine Art. She lives and works in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she enjoys the mountains with her husband and two boys.
Paulina M. Johnson explores the concepts of meaning and personal connection through the depiction of everyday objects, scenes, and iconic places. By capturing moments that trigger shared memories, she proposes that all of us have a connected life story and that art can incite empathy, kindness, and a sense of appreciation for one another. Paulina works solely in paper, utilizing it as a 3-dimensional sculptural medium. Paper strips of varying weights, lengths, and heights are adhered on their side allowing for a fun interplay to happen between the paper, light, and shadows. Paulina draws inspiration from a number of paper traditions including paper quilling, paper cutting, and origami, and marries them seamlessly with her graphic design background.