Paolo Porelli


Paolo Porelli, painter and sculptor (Rome 1966). After his diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma Porelli began a period of experimentation in ceramics in which he identified an anthropomorphic figure with which he provides access to an archetypal dimension of reality, interpreting the critical behaviours of contemporary mankind and their environmental consequences.  The figures express a condensation of a visual language contaminated by Surrealist solutions, Pop proliferations and Archaic symbolism. Amalgamating the artistic historical memory with the lived present, he configures a cast of characters representative of a new hypothetical mythology of our times. 

Porelli has partecipated in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Among the most important solo shows "From Stereotype to archetype", Arch Contemporary, USA; "RefleX: figure per riflettere", con M. Tittarelli Rubboli, Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy (2021); "Protestant Madonnas", Gouda, The Netherlands (2019);"Divinities + Idols", HAS at Haw Contemporary, USA (2018);“Humanae Terrae”, Honos Art, Roma (2017);“Humankind: the Sublime & the Ridiculous”, Belger Arts Center, USA (2016); “Profili del tempo”, Gualdo Tadino (2015), “Eidolon”, InternoVentidue Arte Contemporanea, Roma (2008); "Idoli Occidente", Galleria Lombardi, Roma (2006).

The most important group shows and prizes, Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2021; "Visioni contemporanee. Venti artisti a Castel Sant'Angelo", Roma; "Tradizione Contemporanea" Triennale della Ceramica D'Arte Contemporanea di Gualdo Tadino 2021/2022; 61 Premio Faenza (2020); "BACC 2020, Frascati; "Ceramics of Europe Westerwaldprize 2019", Germania; "XIV Bienal Internacional de Ceràmica de Manises", Spagna (2019); 2 premio, “38 Concurs Internacional de Ceràmica-CICA 2018, L’Alcora, Spagna; “Ceramic Art Andenne 2018”, Triennial, Belgio; “II Porzellen Biennial Meissen”, Germania (2018); “I Porzellen Biennial Meissen”, Germania(2016); “Scultura ceramica contemporanea in Italia”, GNAM, Roma (2015); “2015 NCECA Biennial” USA; S.O.F.A. Chicago, “Ceramics Annual of America 2013”; “New Directions”, Lacoste Gallery; “2013 NCECA Biennial”, USA; “Figuration”, The Clay Studio, USA (2012).

He has been invited as an artist in residence to the Casa Woodman, Antella (2021); Arch Contemporary in USA, (2019/20); Sunday Morning @ EKWC, The Netherlands (2018/19); Blanc de Chine IACC Residency, Dehua and Jingdezhen International Studio, China (2017); Red Star Studios (2016), The Archie Bray Foundation (2012), and The Clay Studio of Philadelphia (2011) USA.

RefleX: figures fro reflection, 2019 with Maurizio Tittarelli Rubboli, terracotta, in glaze lustre, installazione 5m x 2m, sculture 45cm H max
Divinities + Idols 2018, slip-case earthenware, 25cm H max
Couples 2017, slip-cast porcelain, 43,5 H max
Metallic Votive Wall 2019, stoneware, porcelain, 2m x 2m; sculptures 44,5 H max

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