After dedicating himself to a carreer in information technology as a businessman and a university professor, he’s actively come back to Art since the last dozen years, with a personal research in fineart travel photography.
Roberto Polillo is born in Milano in 1946
He is mostly known for his jazz photographs: over a hundred jazz concerts covered in the 60’s that gave birth to a portraits collection of the most important musicians of that decade, later collected in his photographic book "Swing, Bop & Free", published in 2006, and shown in many personal exhibitions.
In order go beyond that, Roberto has defined his own specific artistic language. Blurred scenes, hidden details to completely bring back those atmospheres that we feel on instinct. When the image works, it shows aspects of the reality that the "still" eye cannot perceive: the movement of the camera allows to capture relationships among forms, colors, and elements of the scene that only the movement can highlight. Roberto's aim is to explore aspects of the reality that otherwise would remain hidden.
Roberto Polillo has always been a passionate traveller. As an artist, his main quest to capture the genius loci of cities and countries led him to “Impressions of the World”, a huge artistic adventure began more than a decade ago, covering more than 25 countries, from Middle to Far East, from Central to North America and, of course, Europe.
What he’s been looking for in those places is that special "magic" some of them possess, which the traveler immediately perceives while visiting them. Traditional techniques used in travel photography cannot communicate these sensations.
Presently, Roberto is finalizing two large projects: Travelling East (an exploration of the atmospheres of Far East countries, focusing on Indochina), and Future & The City, trying to evocate with his images the future of big cities, with his explorations of the big metropolitan areas of the world, such as New York, Mexico City, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Hong Kong).