Paméla Maria (born Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 1965) studied classical arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hasselt (Belgium) during her high school period. She graduated in Technical Science and obtained her art academy certificate simultaneously in 1983. She then studied Industrial Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, first studying textile with Ulf Moritz and then environmental design with Marijke van der Wijst, obtaining her certificate in 1989. In 1990, she received a starting grant from the Fund for Visual Arts, Architecture and Design for the further development of her work. In 1994 she followed a 2 month summer course at the Domus academy Milan, Italy.
In the subsequent years, Paméla worked as a designer and consultant for various Dutch municipal authorities and firms of architects, advising on subjects such as town squares, kiosks, street furniture and inner city advertising policy. From 1992 to 1997 she worked for O'tje Oxenaar at the KPN Art and Design department and was responsible for art&design exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, including the World Exhibition in Seville in 1992.
In 1998 Paméla chose to focus on her original passion: the visual arts. Her background as a designer can be recognised in her artworks: the ease with which she works with various materials; the perfection; the graphic character; the investigative and experimental character of her work, the photographic eye. She has participated in many gallery exhibitons as well as completing large scale art projects for companies such as TBI Rotterdam, Staedion Woning Cooperative The Hague, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Brussels and The Ministry of Defense. She also works on private commissions and is a member of the NABK-Pro (national association of visual artists).
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