Because the rolling and folding of paper is often thought of as just a simple craft, it's inspiring when it receives recognition in the fine art world. The manipulated paper sculptures of Pavlos Dionyssopoulos provide many such examples.
Jackets, 1992, paper, board, rubber, and Plexiglas, 51¾ x 42½ inches via Christie's
In the early 1960s, Pavlos (who is usually referred to by his first name only) began creating finely detailed, still life compositions of machine cut strips of misprinted poster paper. His work took posters from flat objects to dimensional, expressive works of art.
Foret, 1971, cut paper in Plexiglas, 122 x 79.1 x 79.1 inches via artnet
Born in Greece in 1930, Pavlos studied at The School of Fine Arts in Athens. Originally an abstract painter, he received a Greek state scholarship for a three year stay in France, where he was introduced to a group of artists in Paris called the New Realists, from whom he was inspired to shape paper strips into art objects.
Chaussette, 1970, cut paper in Plexiglas, 18.5 x 14 inches via Arcadja
Pavlos's densely colored, realistic sculptures have been shown in exhibits primarily in France, Italy, Germany, and Greece, and are sold throughout the world via fine auction houses. I've been unable to determine if his work has ever been shown in America, but would be thrilled to see it in person.
Flowers, 1998, paper, wood, and Plexiglas, 48.5 x 38.5 x 2.5 inches via Arcadja
At age 80, Pavlos is still creating. This heart is one of his newest works.
untitled, 2010, paper cut poster, 43.3 x 40.2 x 2.2 inches via artnet
I highly recommend a visit to artvalue where you can click through pages and pages of his fascinating sculptures and collages. (I'm especially taken by the bottle and fruit still lifes - go see!)
Ties, 1997, mixed media on panel, 63 x 73 x 6 cm via Arcadja
Thanks to Licia Politis for introducing me to Pavlos. She came across his work via a documentary on a Greek television station that airs in Australia.