Karen Paulina Biswell was born in 1983 to Colombian parents who emigrated to Paris escaping the extreme political violence of the early 90’s. Her varied oeuvre – which is consistently defying definition – is drawn to subjects of vulnerability morality and human fate. She is committed to capturing the lesser known aspects of contemporary life, the invisible and defiant elements of society, taking a deep interest in extreme states and the depths of the human mind and experience.

She is currently working on the subject of femininity, titled “Ellas”, exploring and setting her artistic originality on the various aspects of desire, prohibition, nature and female sexuality.

“I treated art as the supreme reality and life as a mere mode of fiction.”
– Oscar Wilde


Karen Paulina Biswell
T. + 33 6 69 10 05 80


Valenzuela Klenner Galeria, Bogota
T. + 57 1 243 7752

Represented by

BR Enterprise, Paris
T. +33 6 87 78 63 00


Foto Feminas, Karen Paulina Biswell
Ventana Latina, Diez Preguntas (in Spanish)
Fotografia Magazine, Women of Colombia

Awards / Grants

2016 – Higashikawa Award (Japan) / Nomination
2016 – Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles (France) / Nomination
2014 – World Press Photo-Joop Swart Masterclass / Nomination
2013 – IX Premio Colombo-Suizo de fotografía (Colombia) / Second Prize
2012 – La Lettre de Photographie – Bourse du Talent: Portrait (France) / Nomination

Artist Residencies

2016 – Artist-In-Residence Program, Ses Dotze Naus, Ibiza, Spain
2015 – Artists-In-Residence Program Verzasca Foto, Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions

2016 – ‘Nama Bu’, at le Forum Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France
2015 – ‘Nama Bu’, at le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France
2015 – ‘Nama Bu’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2013 – ‘Hotel Dorantes’, FIDAAC, Bordeaux, France
2012 – ‘Radio Macondo’, LA OTRA, Independent Contemporary Art Fair, Cartagena, Colombia
2010 – ‘A tres Bandas’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 – ‘Nama BU’, Foto Feminas, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
  • 2016 – ‘Nama BU’, Foto Feminas, Just Another Photo Festival, Varanasi, India.
  • 2016 – ‘Swinging Bamako’, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France
  • 2014 – Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2014 – FIDAAC, Vilna, Lituania
    2014 – ‘POV Female Bogota’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
    2014 – ‘Taxonomie of Desire’, Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden
    2013 – ‘Taxonomie of Desire’, Espacio Rita, Nagoya, Japan