Paolo Porelli received his degree in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 1990, he opened his own ceramics studio. Since that time, he has produced sculpture and functional pottery. In 2012, he co-founded c.r.e.t.a. rome, an international center for ceramic arts. In 2017, Porelli was invited to participate in two residency programs in China. At the beginning of the year, he was guest artist in residence at the Jingdezhen International Studio, then in August, he was in Dehua, China for the Blanc de Chine International Ceramic Art Award residency program. He has been a summer resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Guest Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and artist in residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and visiting artist at Kansas State University. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the US.
From December 2018 to March 2019, Porelli was a resident at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands/Sunday Morning@EKWC. A solo show "Protestant Madonnas" curated by André Groeneveld, at the Firma Van Drie in Gouda, presented a series of more than 200 sculptures produced at EKWC (above). His work "Triade" has been selected to participate in the XIV Biennal Internacional de Ceràmica de Manises 2019, whereas the "Ceramics of Europe Westerwaldprize 2019" in Westerwald, Germany will include his life-size statue "La Primera" as well as the installation "Globalisation Camouflage".
This past summer, his work "Votive Wall" received the 2nd prize in the 38 Concurso Internacional de Ceràmica-CICA 2018", in L’Alcora, Spain. He participated with his work "Metallic Idols" in the Ceramic Art Andenne 2018", Triennial, ("Contemporary Expressions of Italy", curated by Martha Pachon Rodriguez) in Andenne, Belgium. Selected to represent Italy in the European Ceramic Context 2018 Open Call exhibition in Bornholm, Denmark, he presented the installation "Jingdezhen Quintet". Other group exhibitions include the 2nd Porzellanbiennale in Meissen, Germany, the Italian biennial, “Ceramics in Love”, 58 Mostra della Ceramica in Castellamonte and "Tra-Vasi ovvero Vasi Comunicanti, contenitore e contenuto nella ceramica contemporanea" in the Nobile Contrada del Nicchio in Siena. "Deconstructing the Conversation" at Morgan Glass Gallery in conjunction with NCECA in Pittsburgh, PA, USA included three of his figurative pieces.
Recent solo shows include "Idols + Divinities" at Heidmann Art Salon, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO, USA (2018), and "Humanae Terrae", his 2-person show with the Spanish artist, Sophie Aguilera Lester, curated by the director of the Museo Internazionale della Ceramica of Faenza, Claudia Casali, at the Honos Art Gallery in Rome, Italy (2017). In 2016, the work that he produced during the Fellowship Residency at Red Star Sudios in Kansas City, was exhibited in a solo show "Humankind: the Sublime & the Ridiculous" at the Belger Arts Center.