Paola Falconi was born in Cagliari (May 1968). She spent a happy childhood, made of outdoor games, some little friends and long moments reading books of fairy tales. Even today, the suggestion of those fairy tale images are present in her works.
At the end of Primary school, Paola Falconi attended a music school and studied piano. Music took a place in her heart that never abandoned; it will be an indispensable companion for every moment of her artistic creation.
After three years of music school, she studied at Grammar School, whilst at University she went to Bologna in order to study Law. While in Bologna, Paola Falconi developed a passion for reading artists biographies, including Henri Matisse’s. It was taking shape in her mind the idea that her life path wouldn’t have been to follow her father's footsteps in the legal profession, but to learn to express her personality through the visual language of drawing and painting.
Back to Cagliari, she studied as a private student, under the precise and loving guidance of two artists: Professor Maria Grazia Oppo Falqui and Professor Ines Corona, in order to achieve a Diploma in Art (1989). In 1989 the artist matriculated at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, where she completed the first two years of study, then moved to Carrara and completed her studies toward the Diploma in Sculpture, cum laude in 1993.
After PF went back to her hometown, where she continued her artistic work about the languages of drawing, painting and sculpture. Later the artist's work, immersed in the contemporary reality, but always with a reference to the inner fantasy world, were exhibited in various Cagliari’s museums and galleries. A Paola Falconi’s sculpture competed in Costantino Nivola Sculpture Award (1995), whilst other works of her were used to enrich different businesses spaces and shops in Cagliari.
From 1996 until 2014, the artist didn’t participate in any exhibition, in those years, inspired by the beauty of Sardinia and by his loving family, composed of her husband and their four children, she continued her studio work and developed her artistic research.
The works of PF are now included in many private collections and have been exhibited in 2015 at the Melia Hotel (Le Dame Art Gallery) in London, in 2016 at Galleria Merlino in Florence, in 2017 in The AB Factory in Cagliari and Villasimius.
The wind Mistral is a son of a friendly nature, which comes to give relief to humans, to animals and to the soil in the torrid Sardinian summers; which purifies the air wiping out pollution; which in the past pushed the sails of navigators of the Mediterranean Sea towards our land allowing the Sardinian civilization to be born and evolve. The Mistral is also an inner wind that drives men to always go forward and never give up.
I’ve already done this sculpture in a small size (70cm x 50cm x 60cm). The base was in “terracotta” and the trees were made in varnished marine plywood.
Now I would like to build this sculpture to be placed outdoor, with different materials and in important dimensions: fiberglass for the trees and the basement (base 2mt x 1.5mt) with the trees of different heights between 2mt and 1.5mt. The colors will be similar to the ones in the pictures.
I’ve chosen such materials because of the lightness and strength. In the meantime, it is the same material used to build the sailing boats pushed by the mistral wind. Boats that are part of the ordinary life of the people that live by the coast in Sardinia.