Paul Hartel grew up in Upstate New York and has lived in Manhattan, New Jersey, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Sligo, Ireland. He received masters degrees in psychology and medical science followed by a doctor of medicine degree, and currently works as a physician in the specialty of pathology. He has always been interested in fine arts and has enjoyed numerous awards as a classical percussionist, including Most Outstanding Musician Award, John Philip Sousa Award, and six consecutive blue-medal perfect auditions with the New York State School Music Association, among others.
He paints and draws with oils and charcoal, mostly in abstract and neo-expressionist styles, with influences that include DeKooning, Pollock, Twombly, and Miro. Paul Hartel has exhibited at Agora Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City and his work has been exhibited and sold throughout West Virginia and New York with pieces in many private collections in the US and Europe. He is currently represented by Amsterdam-Whitney International Fine Art Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. His work also includes some abstract photography. Hartel believes that abstract art brings the artist in touch with the “inner child” that often is repressed with age and more practical responsibilities, and creates a unique experience for each individual viewer, enabling a single work to ultimately manifest a multitude of thoughts and emotions, transcending the piece.