Raquel Paiewonsky was born in Puerto Plata, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Between the years 1991 and 2001 she resided in New York City, where she studied Art and began working in painting, sculpture, and photography, often combining these art forms. She currently resides in Santo Domingo.
Her work was present in both the 53rd and 55th editions of the Venice Biennale, as well as in the VIII, IX and XXI Havana Art Biennial, X Cuenca International Biennial, and the III End of the World Biennial in Argentina.
In 2018 she had a great retrospective exhibition at the CAAM (Atlantic Center of Modern Art) in the Canary Islands, Spain. She also presented her work in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago. MOLAA Los Angeles California. This exhibition was also moved to the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University and the Portland Museum of Art. Portland.
Also, she has exhibited her art in multiple events such as “Impropia” (2012) –an individual exhibition organized by the CCESD, the Spanish government’s cultural center in Santo Domingo–, “Crisisss América Latina Arte y Confrontación 1910–2010” (2010) in Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts, “Mover la Roca” (2009) with the Quintapata artist collective in Santo Domingo, Lima, Miami, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, “Global Caraïbes” (2009-2012) in Miami, Paris and Martinique, “Vibrations Caraïbes” (2010) at Paris’ Montparnasse Museum, and “Infinite Island “(2007) at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
Furthermore, she is a three-time winner of the Gran Premio Eduardo León (2006, 2008, 2012) and was awarded in both the XX and XXII National Biennial of Visual Arts. Her works belongs in several collections around the world such as: Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Suiza; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic; Museo de Arte Latino Americano, California; Centro León, Dominican Republic; Centro Cultural de España Santo Domingo CCESD; Dirección General de Aduanas, Dominican Republic, as well as multiple individual collections. Lastly, she received a Davidoff Art Initiative grant for an artistic residency at Berlin’s Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in 2015.