Paul D. Fuentes is a graduate of Tyler School of Art and Architecture of Temple University (BFA, magna cum laude). He moved to New York where his paintings and illustrations appeared in ads and publications including The New York Times. He became a creative director at HBO and began to direct TV commercials eventually opening his own production company with Screen Gems. He studied drama with Stella Adler and Irene Moore and appeared in New York plays. He was admitted to The Actors Studio Director Observer unit where he learned from many of today’s most accomplished actors, directors and writers. Theater and film inform his art as well as the work of cinematographers with whom he has collaborated.
His paintings have been shown at Sotheby’s Ad Art Show in New York and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C. Two works were selected for the 30th International Juried Exhibition at Viridian Artists Gallery in New York (November 2019). His portrait of Hillary Clinton, My Heart New Opened, was featured in Creative Quarterly Journal. Another Clinton portrait, Hillary Pulled, was published in The Village Voice.
Recognition includes awards from CLIO, the Art Directors Club, International Film and Television, Belding Best of Show, gold from PROMAX and silver from New York Festivals.
Artist Statement: Working with celebrities led to an exploration of identity and the nature of fame. People are often depicted in dramatic poses and exaggerated costumes creating an obvious illusion. Switching out contexts we know, history becomes fiction and perceptions are recreated in new personas suggesting that image and even our identity is completely changeable. I try not to make statements but instead, through the use of gesture, expression, wardrobe and lighting, seek to provoke thought, prompting viewers to create their own narratives about the works.
Recent Exhibitions & Press
2019 Viridian Artists 30th International Juried Exhibition, New York, NY
2019 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA.
2018 Sotheby’s, New York, NY, Ad Art Show
2016 Touchstone Gallery Washington D.C., Art As Politics
2016 Featured in Creative Quarterly Journal