Monika Paul - Biography
Monika Paul, born in 1954 in Berlin-Lankwitz, worked for many years as a government accredited childcare specialist with children and teenagers with alleged behavioural problems, in order to prepare them for their future lives.
In 1988, Monika Paul changed to a profession in the commercial areas. She began to work and experiment intensively with colours and decorative elements during this time. Her interest in painting grew inexorably. The magic of colours, sensuality in pictorial representation and the rules of painting became the three pillars on which she built her desire to become an "art painter".
In 2001, she received her first easel, canvases, paints, brushes etc. as a gift from her husband. Monika Paul began attending courses at various adult education centres and a variety of art events organized by private institutions. She sought advice from established artists (Cranach-Hof in Lutherstadt Wittenberg) and went through a variety of their workshops and events. This was the beginning of an intensive life-extending hobby art career.
Very soon she received her first painting commissions. At first, she found it strange and almost embarrassing to be paid for her work. Actually, she only wanted to paint for relaxation and pure pleasure.
Monika Paul had found her style, which ranges from "abstract to figurative". Her expression through her choice of colours and her way of composing pictures document this. Her favourite painters included Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt and Jackson Pollock.
In September 2006 Monika Paul set up her first atelier in Liebermannstraße in Berlin-Weißensee.
Monika Paul took many opportunities to exhibit some of her paintings. She was regularly seen at the "Berliner Pankefest", the "Potsdamer Tulpenfest" and the "Potsdamer Schlössernacht". She took advantage of exhibition facilities such as the European art project "ArteDia", as well as in doctors’ surgeries, banks, hotels, etc.