Paolo Ghilardi It was born in Bagnatica, in the province of Bergamo, in 1930 in a very large family. Studied at the Istituto Tecnico Industriale and fifties he works as an independent mechanical designer for Dalmine and for the Innocenti. Meanwhile attended evening classes of Achille Funi, then director of the Academy of Fine Arts Giacomo Carrara in Bergamo deepening and completing his training.
Of the eight brothers, Giuseppe, the biggest, He graduated in piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and transmits to Paul's passion for music.
He debuts on the Lombard art scene since the late forties, with participation in awards and in group exhibitions, dedicating themselves with commitment exhibition activities. In 1967 he held his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of Milan Mainieri. The following year he began teaching "pictorial Disciplines" at the Art School of Bergamo State, a position he held until 1986. In 1969 in Calice Ligure knows gallerists Remo pastors and Maria Cernuschi Ghiringhelli with which establishes a long relationship of friendship. In this environment it has the opportunity to meet numerous artists including Carlo Nangeroni, Mauro Reggiani, Jean-Michel Folon, Jean Leppien and Emilio Scanavino, for which she will design the funerary chapel in the cemetery of Calice Ligure. His beginnings are characterized by the adoption of a figurative language always updated, but later its horizons open to the researches on geometry, on the structure of the forms and the color values; the result is a more conscious interest in the abstract. friend Alberto Zilocchi together, the mid-seventies participates in meetings organized by the International Centre of Constructivist Art Studies Antwerp-Bonn.
From 1976 his trespasses looking beyond just the surface of the canvas and Ghilardi is being "taken" of entire environments, thanks to its interventions will totally change, themselves becoming an integral part of the artwork.
From 1977 to the 1980 He teaches "Color Theory and Painting" at the Academy of Fine Arts G. Carrara in Bergamo. In 1980 He builds the first large glass sculpture, entitled "ATMA", concerning the project of arrangement of Stezzano cemetery arouse some controversy for the modernity of conception.
During the eighties, on behalf of the City of Bergamo, deals with the urban quality of the historic center making significant recoveries; he is also entrusted with the role of adviser to the "color plan" of the city.
In 1988 designing the redevelopment of the square Freedom, the forecourt of the Church and the Auditorium of the town of Stezzano, where resides Ghilardi.
In the nineties he experienced the iron assembly, plexiglas, fabric, in an original redefinition of the boundaries between painting and sculpture.
The last years are dedicated to the practice and collage papier coupe under Plexiglas Ghilardi develops mainly in medium and small format works.
The artist died in Bergamo in 2014.
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