Philippe Zanolino

Date of Birth1960
Born inPerigeux, France
  • Bio

    Philippe Zanolino (1960, Perigeux, France – residing in Curaçao)

    Philippe Zanolino came to Curaçao in 1986 and has been part of the visual art scene ever since. Actively exhibiting on Curaçao every two years, he has also managed to represent the island abroad on various occasions at biennals in the Caribbean and international art fairs in Europe.

    Philippe has no formal artistic training. As a young adult he quit his medical studies to become an artist. Over the years his work has turned more and more spiritual. It has become his mission to share his spiritual insights by means of his art. Through his colorful paintings he guides the spectator to the profound wisdom of the soul. Most of his work contains various layers of meaning which are not easily revealed to the viewer. 


    But Philippe makes use of certain symbols which are recurrent in his oeuvre, that assist to unveil the encrypted message. Symbols like the dog, the bird and the white dot are repeated time and again in his paintings. Philippe has a strong motive for choosing these particular symbols as part of his artistic language: the word ‘Dog’ is ‘God’ when read backwards and the flight of a bird in French (his native tongue) ‘Vol’, is pronounced Love when read backwards. The most striking symbol he applies is the white dot. This is in fact a small circular piece on the canvas which has been carefully left untouched by the artist. It refers to the pure and untouched essence of life. 



    Philippe has recently moved to live on a quieter side of the island, where he can be closer to nature and dedicate himself more fully to his personal mission. He has teamed up with his son Giovani, a talented upcoming artist. Together they present themselves as ‘ZZ Team’. (text:

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