Paolo Campa (Pseudonym of Paolo Alberto Campanile) was born in 1964 in Lugano, as a new generation of contemporary figurative artist.

A constructivist, he pursues beauty and elegance from high values, searching for a language of our time.


Born in Lugano from a family of well-known hoteliers between the 1960s and 1990s, the young Paolo Campa (then Paolo Campanile), always fascinated by art, began his first approaches to painting at the age of 13 using tubes of paint occasionally left by his cousin Dario Campanile, older than him, born in 1948. He was a follower, between the 60s and 70s, of the studies of Giorgio De Chirico in 1967 and Salvador Dalì in 1973.

Since 1985 his youthful path has been greatly influenced by the metaphysical surrealism of his cousin and his mentor, Dario.

In 1987 he took part in his first collective exhibition at the "Poltera" gallery in Lugano.

From 1997 he began as a professional, teaching in private schools, while in the same year, he changed his last name to "Campa", an affective nickname attributed to him by his peers already in his youth.

From the mid-1990s, he abandoned surrealism and created his own personal language with constructivist realism and remarkable technical expertise.

Significant is his meeting in 2003 with the curator Antonina Zaru who counts him among the other Italian artists of her gallery, presenting him together with the other artists in two traveling exhibitions between the United States and London.

Since 2006, international fairs, such as those in Milan and Bologna, open up continuous opportunities for him, where he is discovered by the well-known critic Maurizio Sciaccaluga who, in 2007, before his sudden death, included him in his latest exhibition, which was later taken over by Vittorio Sgarbi, under the theme: "New painters of Reality".

Several exhibitions and fairs followed afterwards between Italy and Switzerland,

in particular in Zurich.

His last performances continued with the Silvano Lodi Gallery in Lugano, and with the "Minima Gallery" in Mykonos, presenting his new expressive evolutions including portraits, compositions and naturalistic views.


"I have always been convinced that, thanks to the new auxiliary means and materials of our time, the expressive forms considered obsolete, and by the high technical values ​​as in the Renaissance, can be, in the evolutionary progress of art, renewed at the highest levels compared to the past, reflecting at the same time, a completely contemporary language ".

"My research consists in presenting an analysis of my life experiences, seeing the social changes of our contemporary time, reversing that of denunciation in a more idyllic one. This theme was created until 2009 with a long series of portraits on large format representing multi-ethnic groups which, together with many series of flowers, are a symbolism of diversity and continuous change in its renewal, as it is for a garden with its seasons.

In my artwork I always pursue beauty and expressive elegance through luminous, chromatic and spatial balances, restoring them in a new and contemporary vision of figurative art".

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