Paul E. Neumann is a relative newcomer to the Austin fine arts world. Born in Chandler, Arizona in 1965, to an Air Force pilot father, he’s deeply appreciated the great beauty and colorful splendor of the American desert southwest; having traveled many times between Arizona, New Mexico, and eventually settling in Texas when he was 12. After graduating High School in San Antonio in 1983, he was granted a full scholarship to The San Antonio Art Institute; and after a brief enlistment in the Army, he returned to Texas and settled here in 1994. With his natural eye for form, symmetry, balance and color, he has busily remained a self-employed graphics, mural, and faux artist here for over 24 years.
He has always been a realist when it comes to his art. Having been inspired by the American western painters like Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and G.W. Harvey; as well as old European masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, he has always felt that the natural world offered more than enough in the way of light, color, and shadows to keep him forever challenging his need to emulate them on canvas or paper. Although he would never exclude any medium, he currently prefers working in acrylics, as their vibrancy and brilliance best capture the colorful spirit and energy of the outdoors. Now, at 55, he would like to enjoy the serene pleasure of using his talents to render images of Austin, it’s flavor, it’s people- and it’s surrounding landmarks in paintings for many years to come.