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Paolo Giardi

London, United Kingdom

"Paolo Giardi works across a variety of disciplines producing art that explores the technique of the collage and its applications. This has led to a fascination with, and exploration of, the languages of appropriation, citation and adaptation. As part of his practice the artist has been collecting found material and tear sheets from all sorts of publications for many years. Through the exercise of association, he simultaneously attempts to manipulate and transport existing images out of their original context, blurring the experiences of memory and perception."
Paolo Giardi, born 1964 in Florence, studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Lives and works in London.

Paolo Giardi has never been an artist who paints exclusively; his background is also that of a window dresser, illustrator, retail designer and print maker. All these layers are clearly visible in his work. The sense of displacement generated by a combination of different and yet vaguely familiar idioms, recognisable imagery and more graphic and abstract elements evoke the nature of a forgotten or distant memory. What lay before our eyes becomes a hieroglyph to be deciphered. Such imagery could be at once seducing, amusing or alarming to the viewer.

Recent exhibitions includes 2021 'The Botanist' (Flora Chimera) – Collier Webb, Pimlico Road, London; 2017 Gallery Weekend Berlin - Room Capacity, Berlin; 2017 YIA Art Fair #9 - Less is More Projects, Le Square Meeting Center, Brussels; 2015 Art on Paper Art Fair - Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Pier 36, New York City; 2015 'Things We Didn’t Have Before' - Pump House Gallery, London; 2014 'The Botanist' (You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers) - Less is More Projects, Paris
Wescover creator since 2021

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