Fuentes is a graduate of Tyler School of Art (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. Hired at NBC he created graphics and promos for the network. He was hired at HBO and soon became a creative director. There he began to direct. He was signed with Robert Greenberg's company, R/GA Live where he created award-winning spots and campaigns. From R/GA, Fuentes formed Huge, his own production company with Screen Gems where he continued to direct and write for major brands and networks. He also acted in plays and studied drama with Irene Moore and at The Actors Studio.
Paul's work incorporates filmmaking, advertising and theatre influences. His paintings have been selected for Sotheby's Ad Art Show in New York and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C. His portrait of Hillary Clinton, My Heart New Opened, was chosen for Creative Quarterly Journal and his other Clinton portrait, Hillary Pulled, was published in The Village Voice.
Working with celebrities led to an exploration of identity and the nature of fame. Fuentes’ political and editorial portraits do not attempt to make statements. Instead he provokes thought through the use of gesture, expression, wardrobe and lighting, prompting viewers to create their own narratives and make their own decisions about the works. His celebrity portraits are based on a variety of references from theater and film to holy cards. People are 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.
Fuentes has received awards 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.
Exhibitions & Press
2018 Sotheby’s, New York, Ad Art Show
2016 Touchstone Gallery Washington D.C., Art As Politics
2016 Work featured in Creative Quarterly Journal