Born in 1992 in Paris, France

Education  

2016-2013; BFA - University of South Florida (USF), Tampa FL

2012; Spring Semester Abroad, Art Courses École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

2012-2011; Florida Keys Community College (FKCC), Key West, FL 2009-2011; Pre-Med - Stetson Univeristy, DeLand, FL

Exhibitions

2016 Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival and Art Exhibition, Sai Mun, Yasothon, Thailand

2016 “Kinda Sorta”, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Creative Loafing Space, Ybor, Tampa, FL.

2016 Art House, Ceramics Exhibition, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2016 Mural Artist, Happy Buddha Bar, Key West, FL.


2015 Student Juried Exhibition, Center Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Second Place Winner.

2015 “It’s More Fun With a Pair”, Collaborative show, Nancy and Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2015 “Controlled Chaos”, Collaborative show, Nancy and Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2015 Mural Artist, Thai Island Restaurant, Key West, FL.

2015 “Movement of the Human Experience”, Collaborative show, Nancy and Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2014 “Backbone”, Student Juried Exhibition, Center Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2014 “Plastic Nature”, Undergraduate Research Program and Art Colloquium, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2015-2014 Salon Des Refuses, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2015-2014 Art House, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. 2013 Mural Artist, The Porch Bar, Key West, FL.
2012 Coco&Salem Gallery, Key West, FL.

Honors/Awards

2015 50th Student Juried Exhibition, Center Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Second Place Winner.

2014 “Inspiring Inquiry and Discovery Across All Disciplines”, Undergraduate Research Project, Plastic Nature, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2014 National Transfer Honor Society, Tau Sigma, GPA 3,90, USF, Tampa, FL.

2009-2011 Dean Scholarship, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

Publications

2016 Super Mom, Special Children; Illustrator and Artist, Giving Foundation for Children.

2015 Soft Hoagie Rolls Blog; “Document Direction” St. Petersburg, Florida

2015 Erin Fowler; Written works “USF art student creates female sexuality exhibit”

2014 University of South Florida Articles; “Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium Ranges Across All Disciplines”

2014 Eternal Remedy Blog; “Too much”
2014 Ellysa Capizzi Blog; “Concepts and Practices”

2013 THE ORACLE, The University of South Florida Newspaper; “Undergrads share experiences with research” 

Artist's CV

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Parce que, je peux. 

(Because, I can.)

-Natacha Palay-

Artist Statement: 

            As a French, American and Dutch citizen, the cross-cultural differences between these countries have a great influence over my work. Moving at the age of 10, from France to the States, created a shift in my perspective that life held many facets on what is true. My art reflects this idea that truth is intangible, and is only an acquired perception. I have redefined my sense of a contemporary landscape by painting supermarket aisles. I find the abundance of colors and materials, and the changing atmosphere as the day goes by are all guided by the artificial neon lights to represent an all to familiar landscape we may sometimes oversee. The characters, I have named and created as The Nippleléons, take form as sculptures and drawings. Their existence developed while I was defining my own perception of the female gaze; where I wanted to give nudity an existence beyond the stark nakedness and its crude erotism. It is through the use of mixed media such as painting, ceramics, drawing, and sculpting, I am able to investigate and exhibit these interests in a tangible form. I try to not limit myself by using a specific medium, for I have discovered that when I am receptive to use a variety of materials, only then, can I specifically express an idea into actuality, with acknowledged accuracy. My intent is expressive, suggestive, as well as evocative. I try to keep a child-like curiosity and a playful approach to every new project I indulge myself into. By showcasing my artwork, I am able to invite the viewer to react and take part of the process I have described above.