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Paul Laoria grew up in New York City. He attended Julliard and the Eastman School of Music studying voice, piano, and composition. Paul's father, Sam Laoria, was an artist and his only teacher. Paul has been painting since he was three years old. As soon as he was old enough to take the subway or ride a bus, he made his way each week to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he spent many hours with his sketchbook trying to learn the secrets of the old masters.
Paul is an abstract artist who also has the unique ability to paint and draw in the classical style. His paintings are in some of the most beautiful homes and private collections in the world.
Because of the unique designs and flattering color palette, many of Paul's images can now be found on fine silk scarves. These scarves, made in the USA, may be purchased on-line or directly from the artist at one of the art shows. Please refer to the Scarves page found on this site.
Awards and Exhibitions
Several of Paul's paintings were featured in the "Living Space" exhibition curated by William Grabowski at the Art-trium Gallery in Melville, NY.
Paul's painting, "Suspended Animation", was exhibited at the Flushing Town Hall (A Smithsonian Affiliate) exhibition Aesthetics of Diversity.
Awarded Second Place in the category of oil painting at the White Plains Art Show.
Awarded First Place in the category of oil painting at the Long Beach Art Show and was the recipient of two Purchase Awards.
Awards Best in Show at the Long Beach Art Show.
Paul's painting, Collage was selected for inclusion in the Salmagundi Club Juried Members Collage Exhibition. His painting Space Jamm, was selected for inclusion in the Contemporary Art Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Paul's painting, Terracotta was awarded First Place in the category of oil painting at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show.
His painting Mardigras was selected for inclusion in the Art League of Long Island's 51st Exhibition of Long Island Artists. The painting was exhibited at the Jeanie Tengelson Gallery in Dix Hills.
Paul's painting The Matador was exhibited at the Flushing Town Hall (A Smithsonian Affiliate) exhibition Beyond Reason.
Paul's painting, Aquarium, received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Art League of Long Island at their 50th Exhibition.
Paul's paintings, Shattered Glass and Walking Man were selected for inclusion in the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts exhibition, Propulsion: Immortal Energies.
I dream in vivid color. Sometimes the red is so bright that I can't believe it exists inside my head. I paint in layers of color. Each layer that I paint exposes a new dimension. The shapes that are formed dictate my direction. I don't know what the painting will mean until the final layer has been put down. All of my abstracts contain an element of surprise. Serendipity is part of the plan.