African Cultural Artist
Paul Goodnight, who was raised in Boston and Connecticut, discovered early that he had the gift of art. After serving a stint in the army during the Vietnam War, he returned to Boston, where he decided to professionally pursue art as a career, receiving his formal education at Roxbury Community College and Vesper George School of Art in Boston. His studies at the Massachusetts College of Art led to his receiving a BFA in 1975, and the college bestowed on him an honorable MFA in 1987, recognizing his dedicated work in the arts. Paul has received numerous honors and awards over the years, including the U.S. Sports Academy Artist of the Year in 1996. Since 1984, his work has gained acclaim with exhibitions in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Hampton University Museum, the Smithsonian, the Schomberg Institute in New York, and numerous other museums around the country and abroad. His work is held in scores of private collections, including those of notables such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, and Samuel L. Jackson. His work has also been featured on the sets of The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, ER, and Fresh Prince of Belair, to name a few. He was commissioned to design the stained-glass window for the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; and in 1996 he was commissioned to design the official commemorative posters for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and the 1998 World Cup Soccer Games. His most recent commission was the triathlon triptych for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games commemorative art. His work has been featured in publications such as Ebony, Architectural Digest, Essence, People, The Boston Globe, and Décor. Mr. Goodnight works in acrylic, pastels, and other media. He continues to mentor young artists, and his studies continue as well, as he draws inspiration from his life of worldwide travels, including extensive study in Africa, Russia, China, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Brazil. With his partner, he co-owns and operates Color Circle Art Publishing, a fine art publishing and distribution business in Boston. His online collection of fine art can be viewed at ww.colorcircle.com.