Paolo Polloniato is an Italian ceramic artist that already had the ceramic art embedded in his DNA.
Members of his family have been renowned as master artisans for over nine generations, directly linked to the art of painting and creation of Italy’s finest artistic ceramics. Today, Nove still attracts collectors from all over the world looking for the best Italian handcrafted ceramic art pieces, religious objects and other hand painted decorative ceramics in the classic Nove style.
Critics have been unanimous that he has indeed added a new and perhaps crowning dimension to the family business. This is work that is distinctively of his own. It utilizes classic molds that have been in his family for hundreds of years and made available only to him. He incessantly explores new areas for expanding the possibilities of ceramic art with creative research into materials and communication.
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He has achieved this while at the same time employing the opportunities presented by these ancient molds and the designs they yield. He creates hybrid forms that are at once trapped by time with classic imagery yet simultaneously employing a vast range of cultural contexts that are both comfortably familiar yet seemingly completely out of synchronicity. Polloniato’s story telling embraces diverse approaches to comment upon modern life with classical and contemporary allusions.
With his uniquely skillful mix of underground and popular culture and a profound appreciation of ceramic classicism, history and techniques, this is work that creates a contemporary collage of tradition and modernity conjoined in urban society.
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