Paolo Gubinelli, biography. Born in Matelica (province of Macerata) in 1945, lives and works in Florence. He received his diploma in painting from the Art Institute of Macerata and continued his studies in Milan, Rome and Florence as advertising graphic artist, planner and architectural designer. While still very young, he discovered the importance of Lucio Fontana’s concept of space which would become a constant in his development: he became friends with such artists as :
Giovanni Michelucci, Bruno Munari, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Piero Dorazio, Emilio Isgrò, Ugo La Pietra, Umberto Peschi, Emilio Scanavino, Edgardo Mannucci, Mario Nigro, Sol Lewitt, Giuseppe Uncini, and Zoren, and established a communion of ideas and work.
His work has been discussed in various catalogues and specialized reviews by such prominent critics as:
Giulio Carlo Argan, Giovanni Maria Accame, Cristina Acidini, Mariano Apa, Mirella Bandini, Carlo Belloli, Vanni Bramanti, Carmine Benincasa, Luciano Caramel, Ornella Casazza, Claudio Cerritelli, Bruno Corà, Giorgio Cortenova, Enrico Crispolti, Roberto Daolio, Claudio Di Benedetto, Angelo Dragone, Luigi Paolo Finizio, Alberto Fiz, Paolo Fossati, Francesco Gallo, Mario Luzi, Lara Vinca Masini, Bruno Munari, Antonio Paolucci, Sandro Parmiggiani, Pierre Restany, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Carmelo Strano, Claudio Strinati, Toni Toniato, Tommaso Trini, Marcello Venturoli, Stefano Verdino, Cesare Vivaldi.
Many others have also written about his work:
Giulio Angelucci, Flavio Bellocchio, Goffredo Binni, Nevia Pizzul Capello, Debora Ferrari, Claudio Di Benedetto, Fabio Corvatta, Antonia ida Fontana, Mario Giannella, Armando Ginesi, Elverio Maurizi, Carlo Melloni, Eugenio Miccini, Franco Patruno, Roberto Pinto, Osvaldo Rossi, Giuliano Serafini, Patrizia Serra, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Maria Grazia Torri, Francesco Vincitorio.
His works have also appeared as an integral part of books of previously unpublished poems by major Italian poets foreigners:
Adonis, Alberto Bertoni, Alberto Bevilacqua, Libero Bigiaretti, Franco Buffoni, Anna Buoninsegni, Enrico Capodoglio, Alberto Caramella, Ennio Cavalli, Giuseppe Conte, Vittorio Cozzoli, Maurizio Cucchi, Milo De Angelis, Eugenio De Signoribus, Gianni D’Elia, Luciano Erba, Giorgio Garufi, Tony Harrison, Tonino Guerra, Emilio Isgrò, Clara Janés, Ko Un, Vivian Lamarque, Franco Loi, Mario Luzi, Giancarlo Majorino, Alda Merini, Alessandro Moscè, Roberto Mussapi, Giampiero Neri, Nico Orengo, Alessandro Parronchi, Feliciano Paoli, Titos Patrikios, Umberto Piersanti, Antonio Riccardi, Davide Rondoni, Tiziano Rossi, Roberto Roversi, Paolo Ruffilli, Mario Santagostini, Antonio Santori, Frencesco Scarabicchi, Fabio Scotto, Michele Sovente, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Enrico Testa, Paolo Valesio, Cesare Vivaldi, Andrea Zanzotto.
He participated in numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Following pictorial experiences on canvas or using untraditional materials and techniques, he soon matured a strong interest in “paper” which he felt the most congenial means of artistic expression. During this initial phase, he used a thin white cardboard, soft to the touch and particularly receptive to light, whose surface he cut with a blade according to geometric structures to accent the play of light and space, and then manually folded it along the cuts.
In his second phase, he substituted thin white cardboard with the transparent paper used by architects, still cutting and folding it, or with sheets arranged in a room in a rhythmic-dynamic progression, or with rolls unfurled like papyruses on which the very slight cuts challenging perception became the signs of non-verbal poetry.
In his most recent artistic experience, still on transparent paper, the geometric sign with its constructive rigor is abandoned for a freer expression which, through the use of colored pastels and barely perceptible cuts, translates the free, unpredictable motion of consciousness in a lyrical-musical interpretation.
Today, he expresses this language on paper with watercolor tones and gestures which lend it a greater and more significant intensity.
He made white and colour pottery where engraved and relief signs stand out in a lyrical-poetic space