Ray Paul is an American contemporary artist born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1962. He is well known for his paintings where he combines abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art, biology and psychedelic music.
Ray Paul received his BS in Biology from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, in 1986, and his MFA in Painting from University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, in 1991. He started painting from an early age. Paul is fascinated with science, and that’s where biology studies entered his life, but also his artistic carrier. Instinct is necessary for the process of creation, followed by the unconsciousness, before the consciousness takes over and allows the artist to give his paintings the final look.
In 2011, Paul was diagnosed with myxofibrosarcoma, but as of 2013 all of his scans show no signs of cancer. This has inspired the artist to make an entire series of painting named “My Sarcoma”, where his abstract expressionism really shines out, and shows the victory and the will for life. All of the emotions were poured into these paintings, building a shining beacon of hope.
Paul’s paintings are included in several public collections, e.g. Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL; Thaxton Barclay Group, Tampa, FL; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, and many more.
He is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Mermaid Beach, Australia.
All images courtesy of the artist.
|2014||My Sarcoma||Healing Arts Gallery, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL||Solo|
|2014||Juicy Fruit||19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach, Australia||Solo|
|2012||Homage to Hollywood||19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach, Australia||Group|
|2011||Itinerant||Barak-Art Exhibition Salon, Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina||Group|
|2011||Itinerant||Ideal, Provincial Cultural Centre, Venado Tuetro, Santa Fe, Argentina||Group|
|2011||Contemporary International Art IV||Museum Of The Americas, Miami, FL||Group|
|2010||On The Grid||Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2010||Small Wonders||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2009||Recent Work: Paintings of Ray Paul and Photography of PJ Mills||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Solo|
|2009||Clearwater-Art In City Buildings||Juried Solo Exhibition, City Hall, Clearwater, FL||Solo|
|2009||Money Makes Art||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2009||Hotter Than A Match Head||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2009||Inaugural Exhibition||Art Raw Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Creatures||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2008||No Easy Pieces||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2008||Diverse Works||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2008||The Last Picture Show||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2008||To Die Dreaming||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2007||Ray Paul||Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus Library Gallery, Tampa, FL||Solo|
|2007||Optical Allusions||Artformz Alternative, Miami, FL||Group|
|2007||12th U.S. Latvian Song Festival Fine Arts Exhibit||Indianapolis, IN||Group|
|2006||15 Years and Still Vertical:Ray Paul At AUI||Gallery One, Artists Unlimited, Tampa, FL||Solo|
|2006||Art for Humanity||The Great Art and Frame Gallery, Tampa, FL||Group|
|2006||Have A Good Eye 3||New Art Center, New York, NY||Group|
|2006||Rock and Bowl||Saks Fifth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH||Group|
|2004||Scared Stiff||Alice Band Salon and Day Spa, New York, NY||Group|
|2003||Carletta, Faegenburg, Giancristiano, Mitchell, and Paul||JM Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2001||Unknown||The Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL||Group|
|2000||Ray Paul||Tampa Electric Company, Tampa, FL||Solo|
|2000||May, Projects Room Group Show||Lindenberg Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY||Group|
|2000||Local Visions||H.L. Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL||Group|
|1999||Unknown||The Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL||Group|
|1997||The Real and the Unreal: Paul and Portieles||the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, FL||Solo|
|1997||Abstractions||Chasen Gallery, Sarasota, FL||Group|
|1997||Tenth International Latvian Song Festival Juried Exhibition||Cleveland, OH||Group|
|1996||Marais, Paul and Portieles||18Thirteen Art Brokers, Tampa, FL||Group|
|1995||Faces, Fauves, and Photographs||Chasen Gallery, Sarasota, FL||Group|
|1992||Ray Paul||Tampa Electric Company, Tampa, FL||Solo|