Paola Bartolacci was born in Milan, and since she was a child her father, who was an engineer and good designer, taught her the basic elements of art and design. Later on she began to attend her uncle's atelier, the painter Umberto Belli, from whom she learnt the technique of colour and the use of different materials. Always passionate about nature and the animals world, she graduated in Veterinary at Università Statale of Milan without giving up her passion for painting and drawing.
During the 90s she attended Bianca Pilat Gallery.
The evolution of her work is not limited to contents but also involves the development of new techniques, pioneering the use of new materials as an integral part of her works themselves.
Always looking for new and complex forms of expression, her painting has undergone a continuous tranformation,
The main focus of all my works has always been to study and represent the multiple ways in which individuals mutate, together with their environment.
For instance, my questions and observations of urban sprawl, oil consumption, deforestation, and the prospects for humanity is what has been driving me to look for a continuous invention of a visual dialogue through my artistic work.
I am also interested in describing the human behaviour using animals, offering the viewer an ironic scene of mankind through the representation of our vices and weaknesses.
Although animals are the protagonists of most of my works, the way I consider them is as a link between men and the earth. Man is always the target of all my reflections, with his doubts and precarious balance, with his outer and inner parts. Here, heart and brain become the symbol of life, the fundamental parts of human behaviour, protagonists of some of my most touching works.
Another fundamental aspect of all my works is the use of different materials, so that the raw material itself becomes an integral part of the work of art, with features sometimes opposed to what the viewer expects .