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Paolo Masi was born in Florence in 1933. In the seventies the programmatic and theoric activity is linked with the participation in artistic groups that work on the transformation of the materials. In the 70’s he works on the bidimensional shapes with the project titled “Rilievi esterni – conferme interne” developed from 1974 with the polaroid shots of walls and pavements in New York and with the “Tessiture” (raw canvas) and “Cartoni” (cardboards).
His energic research is appreciated both in Italy and in many other countries. He participated to; the Venice Biennale in 1978, XI Quadriennale in Rome in 1986, Kunstlerbücher exhibition in Frankfurt, Erwitert Photographie Wiener Secession in Vienna in 1980, the exhibition on the artist’s book at Centre Georges Pompidou in 1985, the exhibition “Pittura analitica” and “I percorsi italiani 1970-1980” at the Museo della Permanente in Milano in 2007.
The artworks from his recent production are the “Contenitori di forma colore”, le “Serialità” and again i “Cartoni” that are surfaces as cardboard, wood or paper that the artist paints in his own sperimental way. The installation “Senza titolo (Trasparenza)” from 2003 made of many painted plexiglass sheets has become part of the permanent collection on Musei Pecci in Prato and has been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shangai. He lives and works in Florence.