Biography and Artist Statement 

Born in Iaşi Romania (1976), Sabina Păuţa Pieslak is a visual artist specializing in paper sculpture. The daughter of renowned Romanian composer and conductor Sabin Pautza and prominent singer/pianist Corina Păuţa, Sabina was exposed at an early age to the artistic world of Communist Romania, growing up in the classical concert halls of Romania. When she was eight years old, her father was invited by the Romanian government to serve as a musical ambassador to the US. He was supposed to spend two months touring the US, meeting the leaders of America’s musical world, and then report back to Romanian authorities. An hour before he was scheduled to return to his homeland, Sabina’s father decided to defect and seek political asylum in the US. After two years, during which time the family had little contact with him and was placed under periodic observation by the Securitate (Romanian Secret Police), Sabina, her mother, and sister were able to join her father in the US.

Sabina spent her teen years in New Jersey, where she was formally trained in painting by Evelyn Leavens and Jack Miller. Also a gifted pianist, she was offered numerous scholarships to conservatories and pursued academic study in music, earning a Ph. D. from the University of Michigan. During her academic training, Sabina remained an active art student and painter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After moving to New York City in 2003, she continued to study painting at the Art Students League of New York with Dale Myers and Timothy Clark. Her works have been purchased by private collectors in the US and Romania, and exhibited by galleries throughout the US and internationally.

Artist Statement

I paint paper sculptures, creating works out of shredded paint chips.  My medium is a color-coded card intended to be held or affixed to a wall for a short time until replaced with paint or thrown out.  Its purpose is to help bring color into our lives, but its own handling is short-lived.


In my works, I question whether transient, typically discarded objects like paint chips can be transformed into more permanent objects that enliven the spaces in which we live, work, and play. After shredding the chips, I recycle them into works of art that have a close relationship with the painted wall on which they are displayed. By using materials typically associated with painting but not art, I suggest a new perspective of what art is and how it can be made.


My watercolor paintings (to 2009) explore nontraditional approaches to the medium and express themes of dynamic change and transformation, bringing awareness to cycles of renewal that shape human consciousness. The transformative pattern that lies at the heart of my work mirrors the dramatic changes of my personal history, which began under Romanian Communism and settled in life in the US.