Paolo Pastorino was born on August 12, 1974 in Savona, where he lives and works as an IT entrepreneur and designer-artist. The son of a painter mother and a ceramicist father, he showed a passion and curiosity for drawing, painting, and ceramic sculpture from a young age (he made his first clay sculpture at three years old). His artistic education developed in the family’s art ceramic factory in Albisola Superiore, where he had the opportunity to frequently visit, with passion and a desire to learn, the artists his father hosted in the factory (such as Antonio Saba Telli, Antonio Siri, Mario Rossello, Giorgio Laveri, Valter Boj, Aldo Pagliaro, Luigi Valerisce, Paolo Anselmo, Eliseo Salino, Carlos Carlè, and Giorgio Venturino, to name a few). It is in this environment rich in creative stimuli and in direct contact with master artists that Paolo decisively contributed to his artistic education and expression.
In 1979, with the carefree attitude of a child who loves to create and thanks to his frequent visits to his parents’ factory, Paolo came into close contact with artist Antonio Sabatelli, with whom he began to explore the spontaneous and frivolous painting of a “mad genius”.
In 1983, still in his parents’ factory, Paolo had the opportunity to learn from and follow the techniques of master sculptor Luigi Valerisce (a student of Arturo Martini and a renowned sculptor in Cuneo), where he learned the basics of modeling and terracotta sculpture as a teenager. It was during these years that he created a series of sculpture works on the theme of nature and the forest.
In 1986, he attended a modeling course in the studio of sculptor and ceramicist Renata Galbiati, refining his techniques and forming his artistic vision.
In 1987, at the age of 13, he participated in his first public ceramic exhibition at the Spring Fair in Genoa with the Albisola Ceramists Association and his parents’ company. In that context, he was able to perceive not only the intrinsic value of art, but also the more material value of the sale of commercial objects.
In the early 1990s, he attended a course in airbrush technique perfection in Genova, approaching new forms of hyperrealistic art, alternating the use of classical tools such as the brush (varying the technique of pigment from oxides and ceramic glazes to more sophisticated techniques such as oil and acrylic) and clay with the airbrush pen, where he found his ideal environment for the development of works on various supports (paper, helmets, tanks and murals).
In 1996 he opened his first business of “artistic creations with airbrush” creating a series of works on commission and not on various supports such as motorcycle tanks, helmets, signs, mural, t-shirts and paintings.
In the mid-90s, during his diploma in electronic engineering at the Polytechnic of Savona, he attended an extra-curricular course in CAD and design, where he learned the basics of industrial design and CAD design. In the late 90s, thanks to his studies in Microelectronic Engineering at the University of Genoa, he expanded his artistic experimentation by using the computer (we are at the dawn of the computer age) to express his creativity with the technique of Digital Design Art.
In 2001, he attended a stage/course on advertising techniques and CAD 3D design, during which he honed his skills in two-dimensional digital graphics and explored the new frontier of three-dimensional design.
In the 2000s, with the advent of digital photography, he adopted this fascinating technique as an additional means of expression and communication. In 2004 he attended a course on Photography Techniques at the MEPA association and began participating in various photography exhibitions.
Starting in 2005, he becomes an entrepreneur by opening a start-up that deals in computers, IT services, and web/advertising graphics. During this time, he has the opportunity to diversify his creativity by producing many works (still in production) in the field of advertising graphics and web.
In 2015 he attended a figurative painting course with master Attilio Cicala, from 2016 he resumed the primal art of ceramics, attending two perfection courses for turning on the lathe with master turner Marcello Manuzza, and from 2017 to today he attends the workshop of sculptor artist Ylli Plaka where he learns methods for creating large sculptures and the ERNAN Design Studio of Tino Canepa and Annamaria Pacetti.
In 2017, thanks to the spread of 3D printing techniques, he implemented his works by fusing prototyping in eco-plastic materials and ceramic art for new concepts of his feeling.
In 2018, he joined the manifesto of the “realvisualism” movement and in 2019 founded the “Real Visual E(art)h Movement” association with nine other members.
In 2019, he embraced the avant-garde Toy Art movement, already widespread in France and America, creating his iconic work “Osvaldo”, a zoomorphic sculpture with a pop surrealist charm and a decidedly ironic character that captures the attention of the observer with its innovative color and design.
To date, with a baggage of over forty years of multi-artistic experiences, and an eclectic and experimental nature by nature, he stabilizes his style by imprinting it on a neo-pop “red thread” where technology and the evocative play of youthful legacies are the masters.