“As an artist, I find the process of creating a fine artwork highly energizing and even more fulfilling than the end product.”
As an art instructor, I believe a fine visual artist must first be able to see accurately and be capable to accurately reproduce images with minimum effort. With those skills, artists then have a better chance of success if they are true to who they are in creating something unique, important or beautiful”.
About the Artist:
Born and raised in New York City's East Harlem Ralph Papa has been fascinated with drawing and painting since early childhood. Primarily self-taught with a natural talent, he later in his twenties studied art and architecture at Queens College and CCNY and painted evenings at the Art Students League.
Papa's works range from studio paintings using real and imagined themes, to figurative, portraits and plein air painting. Many of his studio works are larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Beginning in the mid 1980's, he painted on-location in the Hudson Valley and Long Island Hamptons and later in Palm Beach County Florida. The subjects of his paintings are often from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends. Most recent works are plein air landscapes and studio paintings of imaginative compositions that visually link him with artists he very much admires.
Ralph Papa has resided and painted in Southeast Florida since 2002. He is an art activist, passionate about art and regularly teaching drawing and painting and plein air workshops throughout Palm Beach County. Papa is a Signature Member and Past President of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Co-Founder of Plein Air Palm Beach. His artworks are in public and private collections in the US, Canada and Europe and can be viewed at Papagallery Artists Association in Boca Raton, The Neighborhood Gallery in Boynton Beach and on his website at www.ralphpapa.com