Giulio Paolini Biography
Born in 1940 in Genoa, Paolini is today considered one of the main exponents of the Italian Novecento, both for his features in common with the great masters of Arte Povera and for his elaborate experiments in the field of conceptual art.
Since the early 1960s, the artist has investigated the deep roots of the history of art and the relationship between art and artist in a precise and poetic way, creating works that open the doors to an exploration of the nature of their souls. After his first solo exhibition in 1964 in Rome at Galleria La Salita, Paolini participated in key events in the history of art of the second half of the twentieth century, including Celant's exhibitions on Arte Povera between 1967 and 1972, and the Venice Biennale in 1970.
Paolini's broad narrative, focused on some broad and fascinating themes - such as representation, identity, time, metaphysics, space - are expressed by the artist through highly articulated and complex creative languages, which vary from the use of monochrome pictorial media to photography, from the lyrism of the ancient iconography to the geometry nature of modern architecture, from the representation of elements coming from the space to the use of concrete terrestrial elements.
A rich and fascinating creative path which, in recent years, has seen the artist approaching a new engaging creative investigation, that aims to discover and highlight concepts concerning the relationship between work and artist and the tautological aspects of the creative dimension.