University of Hawai'i at Manoa


Thoughts on the Creative Process
from a Video Artist

by Paul Pfeiffer

Paul Pfeiffer, a visual artist raised in Hawaii and the Philippines and now based in New York City, who has won several international prestigious awards, will talk about his work, particularly as a video artist and will attempt to answer the following questions: Can video be used as a medium for art making? Can it speak to the complex realities of living in our era of globalized culture? He will reflect on his experiences as an artist using video as a medium to create art. How is it different from the more conventional forms, such as painting and sculpture?

Pfeiffer as an artist has been experimenting in recent years with non-traditional forms like video, and more broadly, digital media. He also makes sculptures, and has made extensive use of photography as a medium to reflect artistic themes. He has been invited all over the world to exhibit his works of art.

His most recent solo shows, all in 2004, include The Project, New York City and Los Angeles, and Gargosian Gallery in New York City; K21, Dusseldorf, Germany; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Melina Mercouri Center, Athens Greece; and the Cairo Biennial, Egypt. He is currently a visiting fellow at the UH Manoa Department of Art and Art History.

Son of Professor Ruth Imperial Pfeiffer of Leeward Community College, and the late UH Professor of Music William Pfeiffer, Paul was born and raised in Hawaii and occasionally visits his ancestral homeland of Dumaguete City in the Philippines. He finished his BA in Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and his MA in Fine Arts at Hunter College in New York. He also graduated from the Whitney Mueum Independent Study Program in 1998.

Please feel free to give us a call at the Center for more information.

Date and venue:February 10, 2005 - Thursday 10:30- 11:45 am Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Center for Philippine Studies at 956-6086, fax 956-2682 or email For inquiries, please contact Miss Clemen Montero at 956-6086 or email

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