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Paul Lorenz(Born: 1961)

With an education in Bauhaus architecture and fine art, Paul Lorenz has carved an interesting niche in the international art world: bridging the principals and immediacy of painting and drawing with the logic and detail of architecture.   The structure of color takes on its own life while contained on the painting surface.  Whether thin and spacial, or thick and elemental, the paint and color are developed to compliment the physical and visual, allowing the painting process to remain the final subject.

Graphite drawings are an important section of Paul’s work.  Based upon drafting exercises from his years studying architecture, his drawings depict abstraction in its purest form, geometry.  

Paul was born in Chicago and has lived and worked in Chicago, Berkeley, California and now Paducah, Kentucky.  After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he went on to study oil painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International School of Art in Italy (under Nicolas Carone and Irving Petlin) and the University of California, Berkeley. 

Paul exhibits with numerous galleries in the USA and Europe. As a member of Pintura Fresca, an international group of abstract painters, he has exhibited worldwide, with past exhibitions in Singapore, England, Sweden and the USA.  Paul had his first solo exhibition in Europe in 2009 at Galerie Daniel Vignal in Toulouse, France.

After winning a fifth place medal for painting at the Florence Biennale in 2001, Paul developed classes in abstraction for the MFA program for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he currently teaches through their cyber-campus. 

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