Paul Neberra is from Mainz (Germany), where he spent part of his childhood, moving with his family to Portugal in the 80's.
After his degree in Graphic Design he worked as an illustrator in a small children's magazine project. In the following years, between 2006 and 2007 he worked in a small advertising agency and after that, he found a teaching post at a Lisbon training school, dedicating the next 5 years teaching graphic software, always creating illustrations, mostly using a digital process.
After 2013 he decided to devote himself entirely to painting, participating in various group shows and individual exhibitions.
His work was featured in various art magazines, including Catapult, Blopop, Hey, among others.
At first glance some of Neberra's works look like paintings of the classic Era. It is between the Renaissance and the Baroque that we can identify his pictorial technique and style, but it is in the details that we understand more contemporary aspects. You can spot UFO’s, creatures of the imagery inspired by the movies and emblematic TV shows of the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s.
As for the preferential theme of Neberra, we find melancholy wrapped in mystical contours tempered with a little sarcasm. His characters can sometimes be painted in a realistic figurative way, but others are like an elaborate version of cartoons.
In addition to collective exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Italy, Portugal and England his work has been published in several Blog's and some contemporary art magazines.
My work reflects a lot of my unconscious! Especially in the way I see the world and solve my fears and anguish. The images I create emerge as a mediator between my unconscious and my surrounding reality, that is, from a psychoanalytic point of view, a profound interpretation of various aspects of my mind.
What I have understood over time is that not all the process of creation and interpretation is successful. And in this way I am in part condemned to a constant process of evolution and learning to get a better reading of the messages of my subconscious.
I am not devoid of opinions and concerns about the world around me, even because it is this point that undoubtedly creates the instability that I need to solve the best I can, by painting. Throughout this process that began at a young age, I ended up identifying myself with Surrealism and later with Pop Surrealism and in these artistic movements I frame my work.
In this way, I can point out that surrealism and lowbrow / Pop Surrealism artists are a great influence, but as far as technique and representation are concerned, I find myself in classicism, realism and the renaissance.
The fantasy and influence of Pop culture are just as important as sensitivity to environmental and social issues. I think that many times I try to revive an Era in which nature had a great prominence in people's lives. As a consequence, a universe emerges which is a kind of symbiosis that relates the human being to his surrounding and nature itself.
I feel that the paintings I create serve as parallel reality windows. In these images we have subtle references to past historical events, but in which different realities arise from ours.
I’m still searching…