Bio - Statement
Paolo Cavinato (1975) lives and works in Mantua and Copenhagen
After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and completing a course in cinematography in Milan, since 2001 he has exhibited in several solo exhibitions (Milan, London, Berlin, New York), and since 1997 in as many collective shows (Brussels, Istanbul, China and USA). In 2005 he participated in the exhibition titled “Home”, an event hosted by the Istanbul Biennale and in 2008, he was awarded 3rd prize by the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan. Cavinato has also been awarded by the Royal British Society of Sculptors of London, where he held a solo show in 2011, and has recently completed an artistic residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. The artist’s works have been acquired and exhibited in numerous public and private spaces, including: the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, Artphilein Foundation in Liechtenstein, The Italian Institute of Culture in Copenhagen, Museo di Palazzo Ducale in Mantua and the Galleria Civica di Modena.
Cavinato uses different forms of expression to create multi-sensory spaces or meditative places, into which he projects images of reality or imaginary viewpoints. His research began with an exploration of the concept of concrete, physical space, and has moved in more recent years, towards the notion of absolute space, where the viewer is attracted by and almost absorbed into the works – works which are sometimes synaesthetic, livable places or traversable spaces, sometimes a kind of limbo between finite and infinite, spaces in continuous flux, or simply, a silent void.