PAM Paolo Mazzuchelli

Between the Eyelashes


PAM Paolo Mazzuchelli, Naga e Hiro (diptych) 2008 Mixed media on canvas, 174 x 260 cm each, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano. Collezione Cantone Ticino Ph: © Alexandre Zveiger

Curated by Cristina Sonderegger

PAM Paolo Mazzuchelli (PAM) is one of Ticino’s most representative artists of the 1950s. He lives and works in Ticino, though he exchanges regularly with other regions, in Switzerland and Italy in particular. Initially a calligraphic painter working in impasto, he was influenced by Surrealism, Expressionism and Art Informel. The Beat Generation, psychedelic art and underground literature are also inspirational influences. The phases of the artist’s evolution are explored in Tra le ciglia (Between the Eyelashes), which brings together approximately 100 mainly large-format paintings from his 1970s debut up to the present day. The works are presented by recurrent themes and subjects, which include dreamlike and apocalyptic landscapes, vegetal motifs and the human figure. The exhibition focuses on the variety of techniques and media used by the artist, including charcoal, Indian ink and mixed media on canvas and paper, together with various techniques of engraving.

  • LAC venue

  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano


PAM Paolo Mazzuchelli was born in Lugano on 27 January, 1954 and attended the CSIA (Centro Scolastico Industrie Artistiche) art school there, followed by the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1982, he won the drawing competition held by the Municipality of Chiasso and had his first important solo show at the Galleria Mosaico, also in Chiasso. He was awarded the prestigious Federal Grant for Fine Arts in 1992, and again in 1993. In the 1990s, Mazzuchelli forged a productive collaborative relationship with artists and writers who gravitated around the visual poet Franco Beltrametti, creating crossover experiences between image, music and poetry. Many exhibitions of his work have been staged at the Museo Villa dei Cedri in Bellinzona, the Centro Culturale Elisarion in Minusio, the Galerie Carzaniga in Basel, and the Galleria Carlo Mazzi in Tegna, the village where the artist currently lives and works.






PAM Paolo Mazzuchelli. Tra le ciglia (IT/DE)


Texts by Cristina Sonderegger, Daria Caverzasio Hug, Paolo Mazzuchelli
2020 MASI Lugano
Italian/German edition
Ed. Casagrande
198 pp.
ISBN 978-88-7713-869-9