Massimo Polello

Based in Turin, Italy, Massimo Polello has worked as a calligrapher artist for over a decade. He studied calligraphy at the Toulouse Scriptorium and also with numerous calligraphers and internationally recognized master penmen. He has explored calligraphy’s classical and contemporary applications including: designing packaging and signage; creating logos for companies, museums and individuals; and applying his designs to walls.

Massimo has exhibited and led workshops internationally including in Canada, Pakistan, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and England. He has worked on several short films, and is a contributor to the magazines Graphicus, Tipoitalia and Letters Arts Review.

He published Traité de la peinture-Extraits with Editions Alternatives in Paris, worked with artist and film-maker Peter Greenaway on Peopling the Palace, and with the director Luca Ronconi on the exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, La Bella Italia.

President of Turin calligraphers’ guild Dal Segno alla Scrittura and owner of Studio Gallery ABC_Atelier, Massimo also works with the Medicea Laurenziana Library in Florence. His approach to calligraphy is best summed up as: ‘. . . letters become a means to exist outside myself . . . going beyond the letters, captured by a sole need to see. They become signs, images, evocations, urgent needs, emotions.‘

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