Paolo Anselmo and his remarkable ceramic images at Grand Hotel et de Milan Featured

An amazing zoo in ceramics

by 24 February 2010

Titled "Chi dorme non piglia pesci" (The early bird catches the worm), this show of art ceramics by Paolo Anselmo (with photography by Gian Paolo Barbieri) is refreshingly different, rather surreal fish and animals in superbly crafted and glazed ceramics. The show is hosted at one of Milan's most classic hotels, Grand Hotel et de Milan, on Via Manzoni (metro Montenapoleone). It runs from February 23 to March 23, 2010.

Anselmo began working with ceramics at the age of just 37, having worked in the field of make-up until then, coming into contact with personalities such as Marpessa, Linda Evangelista, Nadia Auermann, René Simonsen, Romeo Gigli, Enrico Coveri, Moschino and many others. One evening, a friend from Albisola gave him a pack of clay. Anselmo started work, made a fish, and sculpted himself a new career. After two years in Albisola, he moved to Vallauris in France, where he rapidly attained extraordinary success, working for (amongst others) Nicola Schindler (the lifts guy), meeting Prince Albert of Monaco and Roland de la Poype, who created Mehari and the private Marineland museum, which in turn inspired the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco and the Genoa Aquarium. Museums that have always been inspiration for Anselmo.

After three years he returned to Albisola where he works constantly on his menagerie of intensely expressive and amusing creatures. A breath of colourful irony in a world - that of art - which is all too often weighed down by rhetoric and Angst. His ceramic images constitute a range of funny animal pics - and they are often photographed in the guise of outdoor sculptures.