Sequoia Scavullo

Sequoia Scavullo (born in 1995, Baltimore) lives and works in Paris. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris with Mimosa Echard.

The artist creates figurative paintings in varying formats that exist on the edge of abstraction. Elements of fantastic creatures, body parts, or flying insects blur in a superimposition of layers representing textures such as water, hair, or transparent fabric. The artist also experiments with video and sculpture, developing similar formal processes and blurring the frontiers between these mediums.
Scavullo’s compositions repeatedly refer to her personal history and dreams. In the Taino culture from which her family is originated, dream and waking states are not distinguished; the artist draws significant inspiration from the traditional techniques of dream analysis and the culture’s holistic approach to the world at large. Where Western medicine conventionally considers the health of the mind and body separately, Taino healing practices consider the constitution of the human being as a whole. For Scavullo, a recurring theme of water represents a fluidity between reality and dream, between life and death, past and present, and non-human and human worlds.
Central to her work is a reflection on non-verbal communication. The artist created her own symbolic alphabet, elements of which appear in the majority of her paintings. In this way, the artist generates a new language while reminding us that painting, as an artistic language, has the ability to convey emotions more complex than words can express.

Sequoia Scavullo has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Corsica Luce (with Sabatina Leccia), Nonza (2024); Sans titre, Paris (2023); Kunstverein Bielefeld (2022); Pigment Sauvage, Baltimore (2019).

Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal (2024); Bibeau Krueger, San Francisco (2024); FRAC Corsica - Citadella d’Aiacciu, Ajaccio (2024); Mécènes du Sud, Montpellier (2023); FRAC Corsica (2023); After Hours, Paris (2023); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2022); Exo Exo, Paris (2022); POUSH - Manifesto, Paris (2021); Haimney Gallery, Barcelona (2020); La Volonté, Paris (2020); Dorchester Art Gallery, Boston (2019); Piano Craft Gallery, Boston (2019); High Zero Foundation, Baltimore (2019); Barbara and Steve Grossman Gallery, Boston (2019); Yale Norfolk Galleries (2019).

The artist received the Diptyque price for contemporary art, curated by Jérôme Sans (2022); the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Prize (2021); the Dean’s Research Award (2019); the Dona Pond Painting Award (2019) and the Will and Elena Barnet Painting Award (2017).

She has participated in the residency program at Corsica Luce, Nonza (2024); KHIAL NKHEL, Morocco (2018) and the Yale Norfolk program, Ellen Battell Stoeckel (2017).

Sequoia Scavullo’s works are featured in the permanent collection of FRAC Bretagne and FRAC Corsica.

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Sequoia Scavullo - © sans titre
May her nose be rubbed in the dust, 2024, oil on canvas, 150 x 160 cm, unique
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Thrice pulled into a rocking camouflage, 2024, oil on canvas, fabric, 80 x 70 cm, unique
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exhibition view, Sequoia Scavullo & Sylvie Hayes-Wallace, 2024, Bibeau Krueger, San Francisco
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exhibition view, Sequoia Scavullo & Sylvie Hayes-Wallace, 2024, Bibeau Krueger, San Francisco
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Fake Fountain V, 2022, Photoshop, oil pastels, colored pencils, oil paints and markers, 20 x 28 cm (unframed), unique
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Fake Fountain IV, 2022, Photoshop, oil pastels, colored pencils, oil paints and markers, 20 x 28 cm (unframed), unique
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The waters floor, 2023, oil on canvas, 163 x 130 cm, unique
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I love him in heaven, 2023, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm, unique
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I bend my face to see you, 2023, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm, unique
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My Sweet Daydream of Tyranny, 2023, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, unique
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Repetition’s roused on the 450th sighting, 2023, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, unique
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Pharmakon (video still), 2023, 16mm film, 10 min 16, edition of 3 + 2 AP
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Pharmakon (video still), 2023, 16mm film, 10 min 16, edition of 3 + 2 AP
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Pharmakon (video still), 2023, 16mm film, 10 min 16, edition of 3 + 2 AP
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exhibition view, Nos corps anarchiques, 2023, curated by Georgia René-Worms, Mécènes du Sud, Montpellier
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exhibition view, HydeRunner, 2023, Sans titre, Paris
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exhibition view, HydeRunner, 2023, Sans titre, Paris
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The Secret’s Secret, 2023, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, unique
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exhibition view, HydeRunner, 2023, Sans titre, Paris
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The Taste of Your Fireplace II, 2023, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, unique
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Il y a un regard enfin pour voir vos paupières fermées, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, unique
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exhibition view, HydeRunner, 2023, Sans titre, Paris
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Meant to stay forever (video still), VHS, mini tape, 10 minutes, edition of 3 + 2 AP
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I now understand it was never yours to keep, 2023, oil on canvas, 127 x 127 cm, unique
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exhibition view, Is Something Missing?, 2023, FRAC Corsica
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Sequoyah’s Doubled Edged Sword, 2021, oil on canvas, moths, 150 x 200 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Taste of Your Fireplace, 2022, Kunstverein Bielefeld
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Bride, 2022, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Taste of Your Fireplace, 2022, Kunstverein Bielefeld
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Horseboy II, 2022, oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm, unique
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Eye Open at the End, 2022, oil on canvas, collage, 40 x 40 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Taste of Your Fireplace, 2022, Kunstverein Bielefeld
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Shh!, 2022, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Taste of Your Fireplace, 2022, Kunstverein Bielefeld
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My Own Private Perfection, 2022, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm, unique
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I Stepped Into the Water, Thick Dusk, Knowing I Could Never Leave (detail), 2022, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm, unique
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Le Voile d’Iris, 2022, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, unique
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Bride II, 2022, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Taste of Your Fireplace, 2022, Kunstverein Bielefeld
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Mouth Tunnel Illuminated, 2021, oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm, unique
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Buchstaben, die in den Räumen verteilt sind, 2022, aluminium, variable dimensions, unique
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Sifting, 2022, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm, unique
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Téléphone / Telephone (video still), 2022, 16mm video, 3’32’’, edition of 3 + 1 AP
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Téléphone / Telephone (video still), 2022, 16mm video, 3’32’’, edition of 3 + 1 AP
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exhibition view, Night Sweats Too Sweet To Eat, 2022, degree show, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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exhibition view, Night Sweats Too Sweet To Eat, 2022, degree show, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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My Desk, 2022, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, unique
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Heavens Stick Shifter, 2022, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, unique
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Heavens Taxi Driver Named Nicole, 2022, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, unique
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exhibition view, Night Sweats Too Sweet To Eat, 2022, degree show, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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Poison Cure, 2022, aluminium, wood, 15 x 90 cm, unique
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exhibition view, Night Sweats Too Sweet To Eat, 2022, degree show, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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5 Nights Of Your Lull, 2022, oil on canvas, 140 x 150 cm, unique
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exhibition view, Night Sweats Too Sweet To Eat, 2022, degree show, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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exhibition view, Pour en finir encore - Félicités 2022, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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exhibition view, Pour en finir encore - Félicités 2022, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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A Second Skin, 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, unique
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The Seecret’s Secret, 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, unique
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Aphrodite’s Ersaer, 2020, oil on canvas, collage, 182 x 165 cm, unique
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Luck-less Battle, 2020, oil on canvas, collage, 172 x 165 cm, unique
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Who’s Tear, 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, unique

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