Ralph Papa has been drawing and painting since childhood in New York City's East Harlem. Primarily self taught, he later in his twenties studied art and architecture at Queens College and CCNY and painted 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 New York's 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 paints in New York and Southeast Florida and teaches drawing and painting at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach and at the Art-Sea Gallery in Boynton Beach. Papa is a Signature Member of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a member of the Delray Art League and Garrison Art Center. His artworks are in public and private collections in the US and Canada. and can be viewed at the Neighborhood Gallery and Artists Guild Gallery in Palm Beach County and on his website at www.ralphpapa.com