"My early instinctive desire, as an artist, was to explain what I see with painting and drawing: to replicate what I see."

Pola Wickham was born in London in 1969. She studied painting in Aix-en-Provence at the Leo Marchutz School, at the New York Studio School, and won her MA at Yale. She has exhibited her work in the USA, the UK, Holland, Italy and Spain. In 1997 she received a fellowship to paint for six months, in the North tower of the World Trade Centre. One of her primary interests is making murals, which she has had placed in various public and private locations, including the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. Wickham lived in Spain from 1999 to 2006, painting and teaching in the city of Barcelona. Now living in Rome, she has been involved in a drawing project to help Parkinson's patients, about which she made a documentary, “Connect/Disconnect”, with the film maker Elisabetta Lodoli. Wickham continues to teach drawing and painting at university level and is fully engaged in a rigourous private studio practice.