Paolo Ventura, born in Milan in 1968, studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in the early 1990s.
His career path is as fantastic as his work. Perhaps the nature of an adult agitated by a parallel world where he exists from time to time, leads him to live truly fantastic and fortunate circumstances. After several years as a fashion photographer in Italy, Paolo moved to new New York, and with great dexterity began making and photographing miniature theater-like scenarios where he staged his puppet-actors, often dressing them as soldiers or in outfits of bygone days. One rainy day, these images were presented to a skillful New York gallerist, and perhaps more out of curiosity about this character – drenched and dreamlike – than for true interest in the work, the gallery agrees to see him in. Shortly after he has his first solo show, War Souvenir, followed by a book with Contrasto. Following this, another story from Paolo’s fantasy, “Winter Stories” is published as a book by Aperture, and is exhibited worldwide. Prestigious awards, museums and rising auction prices follow. Paolo has returned to Italy after 10 years of living in the United States. He lives with his wife, Kim and their son between Tuscany and Milan. Most recently, Ventura was asked to create the set design for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Roger and Hammerstein production of Carousel.