About Paul Fuentes

Paul Fuentes earned a BFA degree from Tyler School of Art and Architecture of Temple University (magna cum laude). He has been directing national commercials and campaigns at his own production company with Screen Gems. His knowledge and understandings of advertising, pop culture, theater, film, and classic and modern masters inform his paintings throughout time.

After graduating from Temple University, Fuentes moved to New York where his paintings and illustrations appeared in national ads and publications including The New York Times. He worked in broadcast advertising and promotion at NBC and later HBO, where he became a creative director and then began to direct. He soon opened his own production company with Screen Gems where he directed hundreds of national commercials and campaigns. He studied drama at the Stella Adler Conservatory and with Irene Moore and was later admitted to The Actors Studio Director Observer unit.

His work has been shown at Sotheby’s Ad Art Show in New York and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery in Washington. Two works were selected for the 30th International Juried Exhibition at Viridian Gallery in New York. His portrait of Hillary Clinton, My Heart New Opened, was featured in Creative Quarterly Journal and another Clinton portrait, Hillary Pulled, was published in The Village Voice. Paul’s advertising recognition includes awards from CLIO, the Art Directors Club, International Film and Television, Belding Best of Show, gold from PROMAX and silver from The New York Festivals.





New Brunswick Art Salon 2020 – Oil and Mixed Media: Encounters

Artist Personal Website: www.artbyfuentes.com

Email: fuentes@artbyfuentes.com

Artist Statement

Working with celebrities led to a series of portraits exploring identity and the nature of fame. People are often depicted in exaggerated costumes creating an obvious illusion. Replacing familiar contexts with new ones, history as we know it becomes fiction prompting viewers to create their own narratives about the works, suggesting that image and even our own identity is completely changeable.


Recent Exhibitions & Press

  • 2020 Solo exhibition Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ
  • 2019 Viridian Artists 30th International Juried Exhibition, New York, NY
  • 2019 Philadelphia Sketch Club 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2019 Maxum Gallery Group Show, Northfield, NJ
  • 2019 Newport Beach Annual Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA
  • 2018 Sotheby’s Ad Art Show, New York, NY
  • 2016 Touchstone Gallery Art As Politics National Juried Exhibition, Washington DC
  • 2016 Featured in Creative Quarterly Journal


BFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture of Temple University 

Artist Interview