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Paolo Gioli

Paolo Gioli (1942) is born in Sarzano, Rovigo. During the sixties Gioli attended the Fine Art Academy of Venice, following his training as painter.
In 1967 he got a scholarship by the John Cabot Foundation and moved for one year to New York where he met Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson. During his staying in U.S.A., the artist started to get more interested on Photography but unfortunately – when his VISA expired – he didn’t be able to remain there because of the restrictive laws emended after Martin Luther King and John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s murders. For this reason, in 1970 he moved to Rome and attended the Cooperativa Cinema Indipendente.
Gioli presented his first films – which were produced between Rovigo and Rome –at FilmStudio, developing and printing by himself the films, inspired by the Lumière Cinema.
In the same period he realized his first photographs, using the pinhole technique. In 1967 he moved to Milan, where he dedicated himself not only to the Cinema but even to the Photography; especially in Polaroids Gioli found a surprisingly versatile and precious tool, which he used to go ahead with his research. In 1977 he is the first one that experiments transferring processes between polaroid emulsion and different media such as drawing paper, canvas, silk and wood, amplifying the possibilities of instantaneous photography and combining photography with painting.
From the early 80’, Gioli has been awarded with several prestigious recognitions as well as his solo shows at Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica di Roma (1981) and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1983). He has been invited many times to Rencontres Internationel de la Photographie in Arles, where they dedicated to him a retrospective exhibition at Musée Réattu (1987). In 1984 he has been featured on the front cover of AIPAD catalogue, the International Art Fair of the Photography Art Dealers.
During the 1990s, his artworks has been showcased in many international exhibitions: in 1996 he had an important retrospective at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome plus, at that time, he often exhibited at Galérie Michèle Chomette in Paris and at the Museo per la Fotografia Contemporanea in Cinisello Balsamo.
After more than forty years, Gioli took part to the main cinematographic festivals – focused on experimental cinema – in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong.
In 2006 RaroVideo published, as a special edition(?), a doubled DVD with a selection of fourteen films by him. In 2007 Gioli was invited as artist on focus at HKIFF. In 2008 a brand new selection of his movies has been presented at Ontario Cinémathèque in Toronto.
In June 2009 the Pesaro Festival has dedicated to him a complete review of his films; during the same year, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome published a monography focused on his work as film-maker.
In 2015 Paolo Gioli was selected by Vincenzo Trione for the Italia Pavilion at the Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea in Venice. The artists is currently living and working in Lendinara (Rovigo, Italy).

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Paolo Gioli
Autoanatomie, 1986
From the series Lastre
Polaroid Polacolor transferred on silk, applied on ivory cardboard, acrylic, pencil
50 x 60 cm

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Paolo Gioli
XSconosciuti, 2015
Gelatin Silver Print
30 x 40 cm

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Paolo Gioli
from the series - Luminescents


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Paolo Gioli
from the series - Faces through


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Mostre
Works of Alchemy
Photographs by Paolo Gioli
24.9 > 14.11.2015
Posed
15.10 > 21.1.2017
Dialoghi
Joan Fontcuberta
and Paolo Gioli
Curated by Joan Fontcuberta
Critical text by Roberta Valtorta.
25.10 > 8.1.2020