Paul Villinski was born in York, Maine in 1960, and has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. A scenic route through the educational system included stops at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Massachusetts College of Art, and a BFA with honors from the Cooper Union in 1984.
His work has been included in more than ninety exhibitions, including recent shows at The Museum of Arts and Design (NY); The Hillwood Art Museum (NY); the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (ME); Carnegie Mellon University (PA); Arkansas State University; the University of Wyoming Art Museum; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC). His work is included in numerous collections, including major works created by commission. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Millay Colony (NY); the Ucross Foundation (WY); the Djerassi Foundation (CA) and the Villa Montalvo Arts Center (CA). He taught as an Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at the CUNY LaGuardia Community College.