Paolo Bielli was born in Rome. As a child he always draws especially at night.
Chosen by Guido Strazza, in 1987 he took part in the first international group exhibition of engraving in Biella. His improbable universe is surrounded by a circle, a recurring and explosive element, where the characters struggle to get out of it; a dangerous space where everything is born and destroyed.
In the late 80s and 90s he altered advertising images, such as covers and fashion magazines, using spray cans to create new representations, a period called "Dal bello". Bielli does not perform a desecrating act, but one of change and denunciation, painting on images that propose a falsified reality to reveal another more authentic and personal one.
Since 2000 he has expressed himself in a series of exhibitions and performances using his own body in galleries and museums.
In 2005 he "Sapone" at the Monserratoarte900 gallery curated by Vincenzo Mazzarella. A performance in which by stripping naked, he poisons himself by dousing himself with an enormous quantity of perfume. Pier Paolo Pancotto writes an article on the Unit: "When the beauty business becomes art". The artist continues his research with "Polvere" and "Pelle": video installation with Marco Giuseppe Schifano.
For years, knives have been the protagonists of his works, so much so that he has earned the nickname of "Painter Killer". And like a good Killer hits the mark. He exhibits in a series of group exhibitions at Elettronicartcaffe 'curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.
2009 "Silence" at the Chiostro del Bramante; in the same year he created shaped-characters for the play by Vladimir Luxuria "La donna uomo".
In 2010 he took part in two group exhibitions entitled "Arciere" curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and in 2011 he was present with the Opera "Ring" at the 54th VENICE BIENNALE in the Italian Pavilion in Venice.
At the M.A.A.M in 2014 he painted himself with enamels directly on the bare tiles in the guise of a pink boxer and fighting with himself he reflected his own image leaving a purplish shadow behind him improvising a performance by imitating the opposite of him.
His work continues in 2015 at the Mondrian Suite, he creates and directs a group performance "Violet-Ring", an operation that sees a humanization that transforms paper into leather.
2017: Arteporto "Meeting" performance Archaeological Park of Claudius and Trajan, Fiumicino. “Natural landscape-artificial landscape” MAAAC and Torre Civica, Cisternino. "Guilty signs" personal exhibition at Palazzo Rospigliosi Zagarolo. “100 years of Italian Boxing” National Boxing Museum, Assisi. Pagea Contemporary Art Angri (SA).
In September 2018 at the Torre-Caetani in Todi he plays with paper in a performance in front of the medieval walls; in the following autumn and winter at the Macro-Asilo Museum he engages in two performances: Exit-Ring and Gold-Ring. While in 2019 Empty/Full installation BLACKandWHITE-RING performance at the G.A.M. From Rome, two-person exhibition with Susanne Kessler.
The confrontation-clash between the boxer and the artist is now his predominant research.
It's a life in an endless struggle with himself and against others, thus earning the crown I've always dreamed of.
In the midst of the pandemic in October 2020, he exhibited at the PAN in Naples, a personal exhibition "Napoli in Ring" interpreting the covid-19 virus, combining the initial period with the concept of the box on large advertising panels of perfumes, closing its circle.
But the “Incontarsto” always present in his works is expressed in a parietal way, completely covering the Galleria Storie-Contemporanee curated by Anna Cochetti in black and white boxers 2022.
Events at Rome Art Week
Vernissage Monday 24 Oct 2022 | 16:00-18:00
Vernissage Monday 26 Oct 2020 | 18:00
Vernissage Monday 21 Oct 2019 | 18:00
Vernissage Wednesday 23 Oct 2019 | 17:00