Paola Scibilia was born in Treviso on December 2nd 1970 and works between Treviso and Venice. After the leaving examination at the Art School she moves to Venice, and attends a two-year course at the “School of fine arts”. While still studying, she begins to co-operate in the atelier of the artist Gino De Dominicis, who passed some summer months in Venice.
De Dominicis invites her to cooperate also in his atelier in Rome, where she works as his assistant for several years. There she prepares exhibitions and works for buyers, for public collections and exhibitions, for many “Biennale d’Arte” in Venice.
That atelier experience with such an important artist, gave her the chance to learn various techniques and use of different materials.
In Rome she lives other important experiences as designer for famous magazines such as “Gambero rosso”; for daily papers and for weekly publications by Mondadori. She co-operates with Graphic Ateliers and Publishers for posters, stage design, folders, logotypes for firms.
She can enumerate about thirty books, written and illustrated by herself, translated into various languages.
Also the first catalogues of her works have been published.
In the following years her mosaic works called the attention of some architects.
She gives them her collaboration, using the technique of mosaic tesseras to enrich with them parts and details of private and public buildings.
The mosaic of crystal or of the coloured glass makes the surfaces brilliant when in the light, and transparent: this makes the surrounding space completely visible. Along with the experience of mosaic, Paola develops the need of examining closely the Murano glass, and there she can know and contact the experts of blown glass.
She specializes in the technique of murrina, and creates agreeable objects, where colors are more important then shapes. She forges the object working the glass “cold”, that is using the technique of the carving and the “battuto”. All this makes her objects even more precious.
At the end of her Roman period, she goes back to Venice and has the chance of visiting the Orsoni mosaic factory. She is fascinated in particular by a hall, called “Library of the colour”, and she decides to study this technique thoroughly. Luckily for her, Lucio Orsoni himself teaches her the art of mosaic, and so she devotes to the sculpture covered with tesseras: “the tridimensional mosaic”.
She begins her expositive activity being present at the “Biennale del Vetro” of Venice.
In the following years her collaborations and exhibitions have greatly increased, and now her works can be found in private and public collections, in Italy and abroad too: for example one of her works can be seen at the Museum of Glass of Nagoya, Tokio, Japan. Some schools and associations ask her cooperation for workshops of “art therapy” and mosaic, for stages, meetings, readings and instructions.
She organizes exhibitions of art and of design. She avails herself of the help of the best Italian artisans and materials to produce her works.
Glass Biennale, Venezia, Italy
Franco Regina Gallery, Murano-Venezia
Glass Museum , Nagoja-Tokio