Paolo Ulian is born in Massa-Carrara in Italy in 1961. He attended the courses in painting at the Accademy of Fine Arts of Carrara
Afterwards he entered of the I.S.I.A. (Institute of Industrial Arts) of Florence, were he got a diploma in Industrial Design in 1990.
At the end of 1990 he started working with Enzo Mari and remains with him until 1992. Since 1994 he takes part in many exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In the Milan furniture fair 2000 he took part in the Salone Satellite and won the first international “Design Report Award” launched by the German magazine Design Report. In the following years he won the "Dedalus" Design Award and collaborates with Droog Design and some Italian companies like Fontana Arte, Luminara, Zani e Zani, BBB Bonacina, Sensi&C., Coop, Azzurra Ceramiche, Officinanove, Skitsch.
His first solo exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi was held in Milan at Careof / Viafarini Gallery. In 2010 there is the second solo exhibition at the Triennale di Milano curated by Enzo Mari. In 2011 a marble furniture collection was shown for Le Fablier at 'Il Castello' Gallery in Milan.
His works have been exhibited in personal and collective exhibitions all over the world (including the Biennale of Glass in Venice, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of New York and the V&A Museum in London) and have received numerous international awards.