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 national ads and publications including The New York Times. He became a creative director at HBO and began to direct TV commercials and shows 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 many cinematographers with whom he has collaborated.
His paintings have been exhibited at Sotheby’s New York and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C. His work has recently been 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 The Creative Quarterly Journal. His other Clinton portrait, Hillary Pulled, was published in The Village Voice for a story about the presidential elections.
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 familiar contexts, history can become fiction and perceptions are recreated in new personas suggesting that image, character and even our own identities are completely changeable. I do not attempt to make statements but rather through the use of gesture, expression, wardrobe and lighting seek to provoke thought, prompting viewers to create their own narratives and make their own decisions about the works.
Fuentes has received industry recognition including CLIO’s, Art Directors Club awards, International Film and Television honors, Belding Best of Show honors, gold from PROMAX and silver from The New York Festivals.
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