Paolo Canevari was born in Rome, where he began his artistic career with video animations, installations, and performances. He uses materials from popular and contemporary culture such as comics, rubber, and newspaper. His first significant exhibition, “Camera d'aria,” was presented at the Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome in 1992. Canevari filled the cavernous gallery space with black rubber inner tubes which formed mask-like hanging sculptures on the walls, and provoked the interaction of the spectator through a strong sensorial experience. Inner tubes were used to create poetic works such as roses and small toy-like animals. His work has appeared in international exhibitions including the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, and the 2006 XII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura in Carrara.