PAO

Pao was born in 1977 in Milan, where he lives and works.

He trained in the theater as a machinist, sound engineer and stage technician with Franca Rame and Dario Fo. He studied and worked in the laboratories of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in 2000 he made his first Street Art works. Thus were born the colorful penguins on concrete bollards, cans of Pao Cola and Campbell's soup on public toilets, smileys and billiards balls, dolphins and sharks, pelicans, daisies and much more.

In 2005 he founded Paopao Studio, as a natural consequence of his artistic activity, and in a short time numerous collaborations arrive with companies, including Motta, Gatorade, Galatine, Seven, Harley Davidson, Accenture.

Subsequently, his art develops further by operating in different fields, graphics, web design, set-ups and decorations, merchandise, production and promotion of objects.

In 2007, after the exhibition "Street Art Sweet Art", set up at the PAC - Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan - Pao began working on canvas and three-dimensional fiberglass supports, thus developing new paths through experiments on materials, perspective research, distortions visuals and use of curved geometries. Pao tries to overcome the two-dimensionality of the canvas and, in parallel, the three-dimensionality of our world. The growing attention to his work, whose distinctive characteristics will remain constant, leads him to exhibit in public spaces, museums and private galleries, in Italy and abroad.

 

He has exhibited his works in various art exhibitions including the Milan Triennale and the Venice Biennale.