Powerpaola

Powerpaola was born in Quito, Ecuador, and grew up in Cali and Medellín, Colombia. A visual artist, comic author and illustrator, she has published the memoirs Virus Tropical (2011), Por Dentro (2012), Diario (2013), qp (2014), Todo va a estar bien (2015), and Nos vamos (2016).

Powerpaola's work is autobiographical. Through captivating narrative, she shares with the public details about her daily life, while addressing the themes of sexuality, feminism, family, and personal identity. With a poetic approach, she urges us to observe a soul that undresses in the countenance of quotidian routines and rituals. As in a hyperbolic mirror, the spectator—like the artist—faces the extraordinary complexities of being a lover, a friend, a sibling, or simply being alive today.

Paola’s inventive autofiction reveals everything to her audience—almost. Her graphic stories are woven with lines, pictorial gestures, and emotional dialogues rich in exquisite detail. She invites us to share, through her childhood memories in Ecuador and Colombia, the gaze of a woman whose existential attempts to understand love are projected through the lens of her strong political opinions.

She started drawing comics at age twenty-seven to entertain herself and document her life while working in a kitchen in Sydney. She initially self-published her comics on Flickr and as print zines. In 2011, the Argentinian firm Editorial Comun published Virus Tropical, Paola's graphic novel memoir about growing up as a rebellious daughter in a conservative Colombian family that was dominated by strong women.

Virus Tropical, was adapted into an animated film of the same name in 2017, directed by Santiago Caicedo.