Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is a multidisciplinary artist residing in the Bay Area. She creates large site-specific drawings and temporary installations that engage in a dialogue with the surrounding urban spaces. Her art fosters an honest and direct interaction with the public. The intricate lines and repetitive patterns that characterize her work exist alongside and play off the surrounding architecture, instilling a playful sense of wonder in the viewer.
In her current projects, Paz combines site-specific drawings with traditional Western herbalism. They explore the relationship between nature and the urban landscape and serve to unveil the rituals of everyday life. She incorporates into her drawings herbs collected from specific places—native, invasive, and naturalized plants—which she uses to create herbal remedies and dyes.
Paz came to the Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then, she has participated in several residency programs: the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, ArtAmari in Crete, and Tvak Studio in India. She currently maintains a studio in the Mission District in San Francisco.