Dear Shaded Viewers,

I missed the opening on Thursday but passed by today and happily Paolo Calia, the artist, was there. Paolo created his imaginary family, it was so large that he had to split it in two. My friend Marco de Rivera and I are in Part 2. The photos are 6K and a limited edition of 3.

Born in Sardinia, Paolo Calia began to paint very young, having his brother pose and his neighbors. At 16 he already receives a gold medal in a regional painting competition. He then goes to Venice at the Academy of Fine Arts where he switches from figurative painting to abstract painting and conceptual. He afterwards moves to Rome where the meeting and friendship of some artists from the capital made him discover a taste for performance and happening and tableaux vivants.


It was during one of these performances that he met Fellini. Follows a collaboration for the sets of some films – Fellini had a great influence on the development of his dreamlike imagination – Italian art critic Giulio Carlo Argan persuades him to move to Paris and gets him a scholarship corresponding the price of Rome.


Paris is love at first sight: he falls completely in love with this city – the influence of Cocteau and Surrealism also counted for him -. As opposed to sensuality and to the carnal side of Fellini that gives him an almost mystical evanescent dimension and he discovers the photo by making alive tableaux reproducing the paintings of the Louvre which meet a great success. The opportunity to meet and be fascinated by several fashion designers will make him want to stage their creations, photograph them and publish their photos in different magazines of fashion. He will also collaborate on the covers of Italian magazines such as Panorama and Espresso which will also ask him to illustrate stories by writers like Moravia …


SELECTED WORKS for Exhibition 1

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Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.