Paolo Ventura

Milan, IT

In describing the work of Paolo Ventura (b. 1968, Italy) an electric - and at times contradictory vocabulary emerges. Surreal, strange, dark, playful, poetic and theatrical are amongst appropriate labels. His images are dreamscapes of a unique childhood. A penchant for delicate painting has been inspired by his father, who was a famous illustrator during the 1970’s. Growing up with an identical twin brother projects questions of identity onto ghostly self-portraits. The artist’s training in set design is self-evident in his foreboding, three-dimensional worlds, with characters who have stepped out of an alternative storybook.

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