Photo by Anna Fischer
Paula Gasparini-Santos shines as an exceptional and heart-centered alumnx of Naropa University, leaving an indelible mark on both her personal journey and the communities she touches. Paula’s journey is one of multicultural exploration, as she is an immigrant artist born in Vitória, Brazil, who has embraced life across numerous cities and countries. Her artistic expressions, infused with creativity, poetry, and psychological inquiry, manifest as a powerful force for social justice, personal growth, and community unity. As an art therapist, Paula’s work extends beyond traditional therapeutic spaces. Whether working with previously incarcerated men or undocumented Latina women, Paula’s art serves as a tool for liberation and healing, transcending barriers of race, social economic status, and culture.
In her journey, Paula Gasparini-Santos exemplifies the transformative power of Naropa’s holistic education. Through her creative expressions, she encourages introspection, dialogue, and curiosity, inviting us to delve deeper into the human experience and cultivate a greater sense of interconnectedness.