Paul is a painter based in New York who earned his BFA from New York University. He completed 10 acclaimed artist residencies in the states and abroad, most notably the Vermont Studio Center and the Wassaic Project. His most recent solo exhibition, We Can Be Heroes, was presented in January 2020 at the Leslie-Lohman Project Space in New York City.
His work explores mythological desire and queer melancholy. Images of the Hero, the idealized form of strength and beauty, highlight the impossibility of attaining otherworldly levels of perfection. He constructs portals to an idyllic paradise. Complex layers eliminate parts of the landscape as if representing an unclear memory. They serve as postcards from a journey that may or may not have been experienced. This intricate picture plane has contradicting layers of depth and flatness to imitate electronic environments. The allusion to early interpretations of cyberspace arouses an alluring sense of nostalgia. Conceptually, the paintings celebrate intimacy and a tender masculinity. Hyper masculine images are manipulated to appear sensitive and emotive. Vulnerability and melancholia reveal a more human side of these all-powerful godly bodies. This conceptual thread of longing and tragedy mirrors the melodrama of ancient legends.