Dot Paolo was born in 1956 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She received a B.F.A. in Art Education and Sculpture from the University of Bridgeport, Ct. in 1978 and an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2009. Dot is an Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.
She works in both black and white silver prints and archival digital photography. Most of her recent artworks are digital. The photographs are set up still lifes or dioramas that incorporate toys and odd objects into fabricated environments.