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Paul was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the sixth of eight children. His dad, a dry cleaner by trade but an artist at heart, was constantly engaging the family in various art and creative endeavors. Early on Paul latched onto to his visual arts sensibilities, and spent his youth creating, building, and dreaming of being an artist of one sort or another.

His interest in art led him to a career in graphic design. He graduated from The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art and Architecture in 1982, and has practiced in the Boston area since then, where he owns and operates Kroner Design, a brand and visual communications design firm.

But fine art remained a passion of Paul’s, and in mid-career, he started to seriously pursue his dream of being a fine artist. One class led to another and then to his own studio where his practice has really taken off.  His current studio is located on the top floor of the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville, MA, where the scent of stone ground chocolate perfumes the air as he paints, sculpts or designs.

Paul Kroner, studio portrait at Matt McKee Photography.

Paul Kroner, photographed by Matt McKee.

Paul’s curiosity leads him to explore many different modes of expression in a variety of mediums – from direct observation and abstract paintings in oil and acrylic to sculptural works cast in bronze and found objects. He considers all creative exploration fair game, as long as design, expression, and visual narrative are considered in context of structure and composition, and that he is having fun in the process. 

In addition to his design studies at UC, Paul has studied sculpture and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and The International School of  Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and solo and group shows in New England and Ohio, and is in several private collections.

Solo Shows

2015  Paul Kroner: Portraits, SCATV Gallery, Union Square, Somerville, MA
2014  3rd Annual Canvas Fine Arts Show Winner, 29 Newbury, Boston
2014  Paul Kroner | Seen + Felt, Touch Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2012  Kakafo Cafe, Solo Exhibit, Cambridge, MA
2010  Daniel’s Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, MA

Group Shows

2016  The Kroner Brothers, Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, Cincinnati, OH
2015  Metal and Fire: The Children of Vulcan, Juried Group Show,  Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
2015  14th Annual National Prize Show, Cambridge Artist Assoication, Juried Group Show, Cambridge, MA
2014  A Glimpse Beyond, Mount Auburn Cemetery
2014  Inside Outside, Juried Show, Turtle Studios, Watertown, MA
2014  Pretty/Ugly, Juried by Camillo Alvarez, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA4
2013  New Member Show, Cambridge Artist Association, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA4
2013  Body in Lines, Nave Gallery Annex, Juried Group Show, Somerville, MA
2013  Recycle, Kathryn Schultz Gallery,Juried Group Show, Cambridge, MA
2013  Artists’ Choice Exhibit @ Somerville Museum, Group Show, Somerville, MA
2013  Inside out Gallery, Juried Show, Somerville, MA
2013  Salon 21, The Nave Gallery, Juried Show, Somerville, MA
2013  AIDS Action Committee, Cambridge, MA
2011  Biogen/Idec, Cambridge, MA
2010  Raise The Roof, Cambridge, MA
2010  Emerging East Cambridge Artists, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

Annual

2009-11  Cambridge Opens Studios
2012-16  Somerville Open Studios

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