Paolo Masi was born in 1933 in Florence, where he nowadays works.
After his first informal experiences in the 50’s, starting from the 60’s he starts to work “transforming” materials. This experimentation leads him to the aesthetic research group Centro F/Uno (with Baldi, Lecci and Maurizio Nannucci). In the 70’s, indeed, he gets closer to the Analytic Painting, working on the rhythmicity of the decomposition.
He lives for some time in NY and turns his attention to the simplest urban elements (manholes, walls, floors) which he reproduces both with Polaroids and frottage technique. In 1974 his “analytic attention” moves on Weaving (sewed canvas) and, above all, on packaging Cardboards which he handles with several painting-and-non techniques, in order to elaborate in an absolute personal way the structure of that poor material. In the meanwhile, he founds with Maurizio Nannucci the no profit collective space for the Art, Zona. From 2000 this experience will become, still in Florence, the management of a new collective space, Base.
His participations to the Biennale of Venice in 1978, to the Quadriennale of Rome in 1986 and to several prestigious Museums in Vienna, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Rivoli, Paris, Florence, Pistoia, Milano and many others, stand out trough all his numerous exhibitions.
His Works of Art belong for quite a long time to important Collections of Museums and Foundations.