PAUL VENTURA started painting in New York at the age of 3 after his mother told him not to play with her paints. Reverse psychology worked and he's been painting ever since.His early work has been described as: "Andrew Wyeth done with Fujifilm!" and his new work: "Vividly captures the soul of the City with his unique colors, shapes and textures, making you want to know the unique stories of the inhabitants of those great buildings." Paul has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from U.C. Davis and a B.A. from Santa Clara University. He's won many art awards and has been featured in numerous galleries, including the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento. He's currently on display at the New Masters Gallery in Carmel, CA.
On his father's side, Paul's related to Pre-Renaissance artist, Giotto; his grandfather won the Artist of the Year Award in Italy for his intricate metal sculptures; and his father was a rocket engineer who helped design the rockets that got us to the moon and the engines that got us safely back. On his mother's side, his grandfather was a fashion designer in Italy and his mother was an accomplished artist who once predicted, "If you fully devote yourself to painting, you'll be highly collected, but, if you also make limited prints like the great artists do, more people can invest in and enjoy your work as the value of both will go up."
Though he continued to paint, a week after he moved to Los Angeles he was hired as a Casting Director and rose quickly in the Business. Soon, he went independent and cast films, TV, and thousands of commercials, working with top directors and producers, including Sydney Pollock, Alan Arkin, Fred Roos, and Gary Goetzman. He often brought in future stars such as Billy Bob Thorton, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston, Kathy Bates, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney, and Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (once for the same role). Though still in touch with his many friends in Hollywood, Paul's fully devoted to painting in Northern California and, remembering his mother's great advice, "I'm now able to present selected works never before offered as originals and high-resolution prints on canvas (Giclees), and very much look forward to being part of your collection "