Paolo Porelli

Artist Statement

Contemporary images that provide access to an archetypal dimension of reality, and focus on the evocative capacity of sculpture. Ceramic figures serve as ironic commentaries on the excesses and obsessions of global society and the enormous influence that material has on the individual. The statues express the condensation of a visual language contaminated by surrealist solutions, pop proliferations, and archaic symbolism. What Porelli finds seductive about ceramics is that, while expressing modern concepts, he can maintain contact with the technique's archaic roots, amalgamating historical memory and present amnesia.

-- Paolo Porelli


Paolo Porelli received his degree in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy. Since 1990, he has produced sculpture and functional pottery.

Blanc de Chine ICAA resident in Dehua, China, Guest Artist in Residence, Jingdezhen International Studio in Jingdezhen, China, Fellowship artist in Residence at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Visiting artist at Kansas State University, Eric Myhre Scholar and Resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Guest Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. He is co-founder of c.r.e.t.a. Rome, an international center for ceramics.

He has exhibited widely in Europe and the US, including solo shows at the Honos Art in Rome, Italy, Belger Arts Center in Kansas City, MO, the Museo civico di Rocca Flea in Gualdo Tadino, Italy and Interno Ventidue in Rome, Italy. Group shows include “Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Italy” at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy, I Porkellanbiennale Meissen, Meissen, Germany, the “2015 NCECA Biennial”, “New Directions”, Lacoste Gallery at S.O.F.A. Chicago, Chicago, IL, the “2013 NCECA Biennial” and “Figuration” at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.

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