Paul Villinski was born in York, Maine, USA, in 1960, the son of an Air Force navigator. He 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 for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1984. He lives with his partner, the painter Amy Park, and their son, Lark, in their studios in Long Island City, NY.

Villinski's work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally, recently including the solo exhibition “Passage: A Special Project,” at the Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin; “Making Mends,” at the Bellevue Museum of Arts, Bellevue, WA; “Second Lives: Re-purposing the Ordinary,” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; and “Prospect .1,” an international Biennial in New Orleans, LA. “Emergency Response Studio,” a FEMA trailer redesigned and rebuilt into a solar-and wind-powered mobile artist’s studio, was the subject of a solo exhibition at Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX; the exhibition also travelled to Ballroom Marfa, in Marfa, TX; Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT; and the trailer was featured in the New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas for the New City”, in New York, NY.

Corporate collections include Fidelity Investments; Microsoft; Progressive Insurance; ADP; McCann Erickson International; New York Life; Ritz-Carlton and many others. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Serenbe Institute, GA; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; the Millay Colony, NY; the Ucross Foundation, WY; the Djerassi Foundation, CA; and the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, CA.  Villinski has been reviewed in periodicals including ARTnews; Artforum; Art in America; Sculpture; Interior Design; Design Bureau; New York Magazine; and ID. Newspapers include the New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; Houston Chronicle; International Herald Tribune; Village Voice; Seattle Times; New Haven Register; Toronto Star; Times-Picayune and many others.

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Artfix Daily Katonah Museum of Art Presents The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature
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Arte Fuse Butterfly Machine: Paul Villinski at Morgan Lehman Gallery
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Site Specific Art Installations in the Public and Private Realm
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Featuring a short film about the Butterfly Machine


Recycled Beer Cans Become Butterflies 

The Wall Street Journal

Artists Explore Abandoned Spaces

Austin 360

'Passage' fits scale of Blanton's Atrium

Daily Record

Artists recycling at MOCA: ‘Material Transformations’ opens Saturday

The Wall Street Journal
Pricked: Extreme Embroidery
The New York Magazine
Second Lives
The Wall Street Journal
A Retailer Snags a 'Steal'
New York Sun
The Magical from the Mundane
The Los Angeles Times
Our Trash is This Artist's Treasure
Art In America

Amidst Cuts, Indianapolis Museum Partners with Alexander Hotel

The New York Times
Art Imitates Indianapolis
The Alexander aspires to change city's cultural landscape
Interior Design

Top of The Charts: Gensler's Alexander Hotel

With a $134 Million Facelift, Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Hotel Is Ready For Its Closeup
The New York Times
Using Old Materials to Put a New Face on a Museum