Eolo Paul Bottaro has a career that spans 20 years of creative practice. He operates within the genre of contemporary realism. Yet despite the finely executed and detailed naturalism that defines his style, his work resides outside of a popular photorealist vernacular.
Rather, his visible love affair with the formal elements of printmaking, painting and craftsmanship, coupled with an exuberant imagination and his almost archeological approach to excavating art history to aid the conveyance of meaning in his work, expands it well beyond the edges of a snapshot.
Bottaro has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and an extensive CV. He has been finalist in the 2015 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Award, the Rick Amor Print Award 2015, a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2013) a finalist in the the Banyule Works on Paper Prize (2013) Fleurieu Art Prize (2013) the Geelong Acquisitive Print Award (2013, Acquired) Muswellbrook Art Prize finalist (2013) the AME Bale Art Prize (2012) Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the National Works of Paper Prize at the Mornington Regional Gallery (2012) Winner of the Nillumbik Art Prize 2012, a finalist in the Prometheus Art Prize (2011) a finalist in the Rick Amor Small Drawing Prize (2010) and a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2008, among many others.
His work is held in public and private collections including the National Museum, Canberra; the Geelong Art Gallery, the City of Darebin Art Collection; the Victorian College of the Arts Collection and various private collections nationally.