Mental and Emotional Translations with Paolo Troilo
Written by Anthony Hagan All Images courtesy of Paolo Troilo

Style.No.Chaser has been exalting and praising art/artists for some time now, and it has been one of the most rewarding undertakings of our company thus far.  However, once in a while, something comes along that dwarfs our wildest thoughts and imaginations.  Once in a while, you stumble upon an artist that literally slows time.  You witness the work of an individual that moves you forward and makes your grow.  When this happens, the only thing to do is thank the universe for blessing that individual with talent that is so transformational and inspirational.  Italian artist, Paolo Troilo is one such individual.  His extremely realistic paintings (most of which are painted with bare fingers) act almost like some catalytic voodoo on the mind.  His images are purely electric and sometimes even mind boggling.  He describes his philosophy and thus his paintings as the body (through skin and muscles) translating the electricity that emanates from the mind and emotions.  What Paolo is doing is truly breathtaking and we thank him profusely for graciously granting us this interview.

My art has a figurative imperialistic style achieved by tons of hours …

Please tell us a little about yourself – your childhood, siblings, where you grew up, what you liked as a child, strange thoughts as a child/now, unique attributes, where you live now, etc.?

I was a terrible kid, very “physical”; I grew up in a room with two sisters.  All four walls of the room were filled with my mother’s paintings – the tree of numbers, the sea of letters, and the forest of animals. In my birth place of Taranto, our house was right in front of the sea.  The surroundings were complete with an ancient castle and a marina full of fisher boats and palms. Now I live in Milan with two kids and a beautiful Sicilian girl that fills my days with love.

What is your earliest art memory?

I started to draw when I was 4, my first piece of art was a huge crucifix made by pencils on paper. Now it hangs in my studio. Since very early in my life, art has been all around. I’m Italian so I was born in the middle of the biggest piece of art in the world, Italy. This is good and bad because it is as though you are the son of Stanley Kubric and you decide to become a director.

How do you describe your form of art and how did you develop your art style?

My art has a figurative imperialistic style achieved by tons of hours spent drawing , my finger painting technique came from an “accident” – I went out to buy all the tools to start painting and I forgot to buy brushes.

What philosophy do you live by and what is your ultimate aspiration?

My philosophy is the belief that the body is a translation of the electricity from the mind and emotions. My aspiration is to reach the perfect balance between the non-tangible feelings and the tangible reaction of the muscles and skin. But I think that perfection is a boring and impossible goal so my aspiration will never find its end.

Which artist/s do you look up to the most?

Me. The favorite artist of an artist should be himself/herself. For fund, I always pretend to be my own favorite artist.

Other than art, what other profession would you like to attempt if you had the time and resources?


Who dead or alive, celebrity or not, artist or not, would you like to go on a two week road trip with and why?

Pier Paolo Pasolini. To understand how it would be to deal with a genius mind without going crazy.

Since Style.No.Chaser is a men’s lifestyle magazine, what attributes/items/clothing /etc. do you think define a man?


How can people learn more about your current and upcoming projects?

From my website, my Facebook, Twitter, I’m not very social but my agent/wife is very accurate and thorough in all things media/social. My next exhibit will be at the Museum of Contemporary art of Sicily in Palermo (March 2016). Then I have exhibits in NYC and London but no dates have been set yet.

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