Paolo Troilo


Born in Taranto in 1972, he studied Architecture and Modern Literature at the Florence University, then in Rome at the European Institute of Design.

From 1997 till 2009 he worked for several international advertising agencies, such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Arnold Worldwide, as Art Director first, then as Creative Director. He won the most prestigious international awards in the industry, and in 2007 he was nominated best Italian creative together with Alessandro Sabini.

Self-taught artist. He started drawing by pencil at the age of 4, and never stopped since. In April 2005 he started his career as professional artist, and as a result of this long, unconscious stage of preparation towards a future change, he then starts painting with his fingers. Now we see him dipping his fingertips into jars of acrylic, black and ivory, and spreading color, definitely abandoning the “tools of the art”.

In 2011 he was selected for the 54th Biennale di Venezia.

His work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Miami, Istanbul, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Florence, Berlin, Basel, Singapore and Tel Aviv and some of his pieces are held in Fisher collection. 

View Paolo's State-Media article here.