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In 1932, Paulina Peavy (1901 – 1999) attended a séance at the home of Ida L. Ewing in Santa Ana, California, where she claims to have met a UFO named Lacamo, a spirit from another world. From that moment forward Peavy, a university-trained artist, painted with a brush that “moved on its own.” In order to better channel Lacamo’s energies, Peavy also constructed and wore masks when she painted, occasionally signing her works with Lacamo’s name alongside her own.

Peavy said she learned the secrets of the universe from Lacamo, secrets that became the subject matter of her art. Over time, she developed a belief that the world evolved in 12,000-year cycles that are broken down into four 3,000-year periods corresponding to the four seasons. Key to Peavy’s philosophy is a belief in reincarnation, and after experiencing a 3,000-year Summer Age, the last of which occurred during the reign of the Egyptian pharaohs, people become spirits, or UFOs, inhabiting the universe as invisible atoms or electronic beams that can take on different forms when descending to Earth from the far reaches of the universe.

Peavy’s entire life was dedicated to promoting her worldview and various philosophies through drawing, painting, sculpture, text and film. Her works on paper, in particular, depict the artist’s individualized visual cosmos using shapes that resemble energy beams, solar systems, and procreative organic shapes signifying genitalia, ova, fallopian tubes, sperm, and fetuses. Peavy’s life and work were constantly evolving to reflect her belief in mankind’s evolution to an androgynous one-sex through contact with aliens.

Paulina Peavy was born in 1901 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Oregon State College (OSC) in 1923 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education and completed her MA at the Chouinard School of Fine Art in Los Angeles. As an artist Peavy lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California from 1932 to 1942, and later moved to New York City. She died in 1999 at age 98, having witnessed nearly the entire 20th Century. Her work was most notably featured at the 1939 San Francisco Exposition where she painted a fourteen foot mural titled The Eternal Supper, depicting her own philosophical belief in the one-gender perfection.


Born 1901, Colorado City, CO; Died 1999, Bethesda, MD.


Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education, Oregon State College (Oregon State University), OH

Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Art Educator, Board of Education, Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA


Paulina Peavy, The ADAA Art Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

Paulina Peavy: An Etherian Channeler, curated by Laura Whitcomb, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

Paulina Peavy/Lacamo: They Call us Unidentified, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), Reston, VA

Paulina Peavy: The Artist Behind the Mask, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

Exhibition of paintings, New Morning Bakery, Corvallis, OR

Exhibition at Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis, OR

Exhibition at Crown Gallery, New York, NY

Exhibition of twenty-three paintings, Lacamo Gallery, New York, NY

Genesis, Atomic Forces of Nature, Lawrence Terzian Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings in rotunda of Roxy Theater, New York, NY

Exhibition of paintings at Jurart Gallery, New York, NY

Exhibition of paintings at Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY

Paulina Peavy, Argent Gallery, New York, NY

Special exhibition of last supper mural accompanied by public lecture and music, private residence, Long Beach, CA

Debut exhibition of last supper mural, San Diego Fine Arts Gallery (now San Diego Museum of Art)

Exhibition of thirty paintings, Temple of Religion, Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Exhibition at Delphic Studios, New York, NY
Exhibition at Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Exhibition at Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibition at Stanford University Art Gallery, Stanford, CA
Exhibition at Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Watercolors at Peavy Studio of Art and Architecture, San Pedro, CA


Ann McCoy, Paulina Peavy and Olga Spiegel, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York NY
Through Line, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Tertium Organum: Traversing Space, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA

Greater New York 2021, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art, curated by Robert Cozzolino, Toledo Museum of Art, OH, Speed Museum, KY and Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

April 14, 1561, (Group Exhibition) Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY                    
Duende, Artists Translation Spirits, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

Clestrial Mechanics, Artworks Advisory, New York, NY

Display of art and poetry at convention of the Congress of Scientific Ufologists, Hotel Commodore, New York, NY

American Cancer Society display, Fifth Avenue department store windows, New York, NY

Summer group show, Jurart Gallery, New York, NY

Independent Artists Group, Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA
Independent Artists Group, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Annual Exhibition, Foundation of Western Art, Los Angeles, CA
July group show, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles (Annual Exhibition), Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles (Annual Exhibition), Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
May group show, Palos Verdes Library, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Annual sculpture exhibition, Palos Verdes Library, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
San Francisco Art Association Annual Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

Group watercolor show, Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA

Professional Juried Division, Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, CA
Annual Exhibition, Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA

Eisteddfod art exhibition, San Pedro, CA


Bronze medal at the 28th Annual International Film & TV Festival of New York, The Artist Behind the Mask

Silver Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York for Male Sex

Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Is the Moon a Burned-out Sun

Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Mountain of Myrrh

Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Paulina, Artist-Philosopher, An Artist of Vision


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and Tuned into the Future,” Art in America
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Peavy and Lacamo’s Cosmic Interpretations at Andrew Edlin Gallery,” eazel.

Jenkins, Mark. “Paulina Peavy’s postcards from the cosmos”, The Washington Post

Nebel, Long John, WOR Radio interview, New York, NY

Madra, Margaret. “In Awe of Creative Powers, Impressionistic Painter of Biblical Parable Has Theories on Atom,” Brooklyn Eagle

Riley, Maud. “Electronics’ in Paint,” Art Digest “Mystic Symbolism”, The New York Times


Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
National Gallery, Washington DC
Oregon State University, Covallis, OR

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