Paul Frank Wagner is a French born Contemporary Artist, based out of Northern Italy. Paul’s singular work is fruit of his extensive travels and exposure to Modern and Contemporary Art in his youth, having grown up in NYC in the late 1970’s to 1990’s.
Paul’s use of rope as his first medium can be attributed to his life-long relationship with the ocean, which dates back to 1975, when his parents first brought him to St. Barth’s. Here he created his first installation in nature in 1991 using nylon ropes in the rugged landscape of Washing Machine and was already recognized by the press at the tender age of 21.
Between 1994 and 2010 the Artist lived in Miami, where he developed his unique style to create his first Rope Paintings. In 2005, his singular works had a captivated audience and was sought out to be 1 of 30 interpretations of How to Make a Painting, in a show together with other established artists such as Christo, Nam June Paik and Allan McCollum.
In 2010, Paul broke loose from his established life to undertake an adventurous life across the 7 seas. There he framed his fleeting experiences with a metal frame, dyed ropes, anchoring them to anything he could find in the wanderlust locations he explored around the world.
In 2013, with the birth of his youngest son, Paul extended his passion in Art to arts education, running contemporary art workshops around the world. During this time, his art practice was mainly focused on ink drawings and process driven works. He wrote Sticks & Stones during his stay in Sardinia, as a way to bring land art, and environmental awareness to children.
Today, Paul’s work is strongly influenced by his work with children. He uses sticks, stones, and rope in his most recent pieces.
2018 Abstract Drawings, California, USA
Farley’s Solo Exhibition, San Francisco (CA) USA
Installation Bal.ance: \ ˈba-lən(t)s physical equilibrium, Berkeley (CA) USA
2017 Launch of Sticks & Stones Art Curriculum, San Francisco (CA) USA
2016 Installation Soleminis, Sardinia, Italy and author of “Sticks & Stones” Art Curriculum
2015 Installation Fearless, Wales, UK
2014 Installation For the Animals of the Forest, Sologne, France
Installation Intersections, Paris, France
Installation Re-Constructing History, Malta
Installation Organically Grown, Oman
2013 Installation Family Ties, Wales, UK
Installation 35 Knots to the East, Istanbul, Turkey
Installation Life at the Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan
Installation Over the Stairs, Sardinia, Italy
2012 Installation Waiting for the end of the World, Dolomites, Italy
2010 Art Basel Miami Beach first suspended installations at Wynwood Walls (FL) USA
The Kitchen Project, Miami, USA
2009 Exhibits at Scope Miami Beach (FL) USA
2005 NYU Broadway Windows Show, New York City (NY) USA
Carl Solway Gallery 30 Ways to make a painting Cincinnati, USA show with Alan McCollum,
Nam June Paik, Keith Sonnier, Christo
Installation at the Delano Hotel, Miami Beach (FL) USA
1991 First Installation, Washing Machine, St. Barths, FWI
Jeeps in Bondage, Burlington (VT), USA
1989-93 First works using rope as a medium, University of Vermont, USA
1970 Born in Paris February 27