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". Porelli was the Winter Installation Resident at Arch Contemporary in Tiverton, Rhode Island this winter (2019/20). His installation "From Stereotypes to Archetypes" will open this summer.
His collaborative project with Maurizio Tittarelli Rubboli "RefleX: figures for reflection" was selected for the 61th Premio Faenza to be held next spring. an installation of 29 terracotta figures glazed with in-glaze lustre that extends along the diagonals of a rectangular wall to emphasize orthographically the final X of the word reflex. Above all, the X seeks to symbolize the infinite perspective of dimensional changes that perception creates and that the figures want to bear witness to. The \"X factor\" identifies itself with the indefinite, the unknown and that which cannot be represented that the vital process exercises continually and that the 29 figures with their reflective surface urge us to reflect upon
as suggested by the word play of the title. The modeling of the sculptures was done by Porelli during his residency at EKWC (European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands). Starting from two models printed in 3-D, a plaster mould was produced to create multiples. Later each figure was slip-cast with red earthenware and modified to endow each with individuality. After the bisque firing, the works were taken to the studio of the ceramic maestro Maurizio Tittarelli Rubboli, the last descendent of the historical Rubboli luster workshop founded in Gualdo Tadino in 1873, who glazed them using the technique of in-glaze lustre in reduction.
In the summer of 2018, 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.