Paola Demattè is Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology in the Theory + History of Art + Design department. She holds a Laurea in Chinese Language and Literature from the Università degli Studi di Venezia (Italy), and a PhD in archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Demattè has significant international experience having studied and worked in several countries and is fluent in several languages including Italian and Mandarin Chinese. In 2018–19, she served as chief critic for the Europeans Honors Program in Rome, where she successfully guided two groups of students through their independent studio programs.
Demattè specializes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of China and has written on the origins of Chinese writing, early urbanism, archaic jades and the rock art of China. She also has a keen interest in religion, Buddhist art on the Silk Road and East-West contacts. In this context, she has curated an exhibition at the Getty Center and co-authored a volume on Sino-European exchanges from the 16th through the 19th centuries (China on Paper, Getty Publications, 2007).