Paul spent much of his free time tinkering, drawing, and painting while growing up in Geneseo, New York, with is mother, father (professor at Geneseo), sister and two brothers. After graduating from Harvard in 1988, his renegade art exhibits earned critical acclaim. His first major exhibit was at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he had 100 visitors wear his art jackets into the museum. The show was not sanctioned but was featured in the Boston Globe. One early morning he attached an enormous For Sale By Owner sign, complete with his phone number, on the front of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston’s Back Bay. The local fire department assisted.
Moving to New York in 1997, Paul quickly garnered a reputation through his street art. He surreptitiously affixed museum plaques to street objects and sites, like fire hydrants, and empty lots. This “designated art” project was featured in the New York Times in 1998. His renowned drip portraits were also begun in NY. Paul has been represented by several galleries since moving to New York, but one of his most successful exhibit was at Kmart in New York’s Astor Place in 2001. The exhibit was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York times.
His most recent collectors are Christina Aguilera, Gerard Butler, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fisher-Landau Museum,, Steve Ellis, of Oracle, New York Surrogate’s Court, Justin Beiber, and Joacim Noah, to name some.