Manuela Pauk was born in 1994 in Zagreb and grew up in Šibenik. In 2018, she graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In her work, she explores the relationship between civilization and nature through sculptures and installations. She is a regular member of HDLU and HULU artistic associations. She is the author of five art cycles, which she presented at the solo exhibitions Life under great pressure at the Šira Gallery in Zagreb (2022), Frogs at the Gallery of St. Krševana in Šibenik (with Tara Beata Racz, 2021), Old World in the Nest Gallery in Zagreb (2020), Cut for a Turtle in the Jozo Kljaković Memorial Collection in Zagreb (2020), Crazy Rush in the Matice Hrvatske Gallery in Zagreb (2019) and the Gallery of St. Krševan in Šibenik (2018) and Muses in the Marija Jurić Zagorka Library in Zagreb (2018). The most important group exhibitions at which she exhibited are the Triennale of Sculpture in
Zagreb (2022), the Biennale of Ceramics in Aveiro, Portugal (2021), Salon mladih, the Situation exhibition in the Forum Gallery in Zagreb (2020), 90 days lockdown in the Luxelakes gallery in Chengdu, China (2020), Order is our art at Garage Kamba in Zagreb (2019) and the 40th Split Salon in Split (2018), where she was among the five finalists for the salon award. She was also among the five finalists of the Zlatna lubenica award for young artists (2022). Her other important projects are the Plastic sea turtle project, where she mentored students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the production of a turtle sculpture made of marine waste, and an exhibition as part of the Okolo festival with an installation in a public space “The curtain rises”. Her works are in the collections of the City of Aveiro in Portugal and the Croatian Museum of Natural History in Zagreb.