Paul Vega uses a rich mixture of layered paints that are often applied with both brushes and pallet knives to create textured canvases. His aim in developing a dimensional effect is optical intrigue. The artist sits for long periods of time quietly contemplating his subjects in tropical and temperate places. With plants and water serving as his muse, in his imagination, he breaches the boundaries of the physical world around him, digging deep inside and down to the invisible subatomic level where all things flow and interconnect. Many of his works are purposefully abstracted patterns, deconstructed designs to recall and explore nature. Raul also creates rich, sensual portraits of recognizable plants and flowers that he loves, capturing color, light and lush textures from his visits around the world and in the wondrous garden just outside his home in Hawley, Pennsylvania.
Raul, who grew up in Puerto Rico, studied art at the College of Mayaguez, University of Puerto Rico, and Catholic University of Puerto Rico and at Pratt Institute in New York. His work has been shown in the Bluestone Gallery in Milford, Pa, ArtHouse429, at the Paul Fisher Gallery in West Palm Beach and the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach. Raul’s work has been acquired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts. We are excited to welcome Raul, who lives in nearby Hawley, Pa, to exhibit with us for the first time at the Lodge at Woodloch Gallery.