Born in Puglia, Italy, Paola Idrontino was educated at Central Saint Martins College in London. After graduating with first-class honours, she went on to launch Papayapie, with the intention of exploring new ways of highlighting and dramatising the natural silhouette of the body using costumes and accessories.
She is stirred by a passion for story telling, textile and beauty within nature, otherworldly wearable costumes and creatures from the deep sea. Moved by thoughts about infinite parallel universes and transient life forms.
All this she condenses into extraordinary costumes and accessories, each one a unique, wearable art work, or photographs elaborate tableaux that portray deep aspects of the psyche, the finished image being a stunning phantasmagorical picture full of mystery, beauty and insight.
Her work has reached various boutiques and galleries around the world:
Isetan Shinjuku Theory, Tokyo
Show Pony, Los Angeles
Vessel Gallery, San Francisco
The Stricoff Gallery, New York
Centro Civico de Barceloneta, Barcelona
Galeria Beaskoa, Barcelona
Arteria Gallery, Barcelona
Hotel Puerta America, Madrid
Beyond the Valley, London
Dietro L'angolo, Italy