Paolucci’s Papier-Mache Art

Yet another art exhibition opening this time by a friend of mine, Enrico Paolucci, inEnrico Paolucci exhibition Pienza. The name may ring a bell with some of you as his father was also an artist – Aleardo Paolucci and I took many of my tour groups to their farm property just outside of Pienza (Southern Tuscany). Unlike most artists however Enrico works with papier-mâché creating painted fish, owls, wild boar together with scenic panels of his home area – Val d’Orcia and the Cinque Terre.

His work is quite unusual and his technique original, surprising most people when they first come across it. His bas-relief panels have been placed in hotel lobbies, on cruise papier-mâché panelships and decorate the walls of many restaurants from Sicily to Milan. Even the new restaurant/ food chain ‘Eataly’ in Milan has his work and asked him to make 100 mini fish as table decorations….which was quite a feat! papier-mâché fish

He had always dabbled with clay and then experimented with papier-mâché which became his favourite medium. When we first met  in 1997 he had only just started, initially making lots of fish having been captivated by those he had seen snorkelling in the dead sea.papier-mâché fish





His fish have been particularly successful and even some of my tour members have taken one or two home to Australia and New Zealand. His home territory of Val d’Orcia is twin territory with the Cinque Terre and his fish are also in various galleries there and other seaside resorts in Liguria. A very appropriate home for them and no beach house should be without one so I am lucky to have some in my little haven at the Cinque Terre as well!

papier-mâché fishYears ago he was commissioned to make an enormous ‘Barramundi’ for a club called by the same name as the owner had been to Australia and fallen in love with the Barramundi fish legend . Having seen the Barramundi when I was in Darwin I can understand that, as they are an amazing fish, starting life as males then changing gender when they are mature around 4-5 years old! The ones I saw were huge and no papier-mâché barramundiwonder the Aborigines consider them a magical fish. Enrico poured over Australian photos, sketches and Aboriginal art books and made a prototype which proudly hangs in my lounge, a little faded and dusty but just as magic.

At the current exhibition his art panels and animals and fish are much more sophisticated,

Enrico Paolucciand still delighting the onlookers. Wild boars, owls, roosters, and the sweet rolling hills of the Val d’ Orcia show his devotion to this beautiful area of Tuscany.papier-mâché panel



Enrico Paolucci exhibition




papier-mâché panelEnrico Paolucci papier-mache panel



He has often done bas relief panels associated with the legend ‘The Odyssey’ in particular ‘Circe and her animals’.




And we were all rather touched to see the special  tribute to his father who had passedAleardo Paolucci away in 2013. A memorial exhibition for his father in May 2015 had used this painting by Aleardo on the poster.


Enrico’s tribute ‘Conversation’ with nature below


Enrico Paolucci


So follow me now as I take you on a guided tour of the opening of the exhibition.

Sue Jane Enrico Paolucci




You can see more of Enrico Paolucci ‘s work here or better still drop by Pienza as his work and his father’s decorate most of the cafes and restaurants in town!



4 thoughts on “Paolucci’s Papier-Mache Art

  1. You should try and bring his work to Australia, Sue. I commented on your Youtube that the great American architect Frank Gehry also shares Paolucci’s passion for fish (Gehry’s fish can be seen in Barcelona). I also like his (Paolucci) his landscapes. Well done for (once again) promoting the art and craft of your region. Surely somebody high up in the Italian government should realise how much you’ve done for the country.
    In telling the story how many Australians contribute to the cross-cultural exchanges in the creative arts, yours should be one of them!

    • You’re too kind Alex, but I love the flattery! In a population of 61m I am but a drop in the ocean yet I keep myself entertained with the stories. Like anything else, to get Paolucci’s (either of them) to Australia is a cost problem, so it’s easier if tourists come to Pienza,savour the surroundings and buy direct!

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