My art reflects a collection of sensuous colors, often revealing mysterious hidden forms. I seek to blend the line between abstraction and representation, with a focus on human form⁠. Here is where passion and humanity may resonate.

Paul Goodnight portrait

Paul Goodnight was born In Chicago, Illinois on December 31, 1946. He was raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. After serving in the Vietnam War, Goodnight returned to Boston and pursued a career as an artist. He received his B.F.A. and an honorary M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. Paul's learning continued under the tutelage of Paul Rahilly, John Biggers, Chuck Stigliano.

Goodnight's work has also been featured in films such as Ghost, The Preachers Wife, and Gone Baby Gone, among others and on many television programs including Seinfeld and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which collectively propelled his work into the mainstream market. But equally important, Paul's work has been used to raise in excess of $75,000 for the Andre Agassi Foundation and Charter School. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Lionel Richie, Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Morgan Freeman, Ed Gordon, Steve Harvey, Illyassa Shabazz, daughter of the late Malcolm X are a few of his notable collectors. His work has been published in Upscale Magazine, Ebony, Architectural Digest, Essence, People, Miami Design, Decor and 100 Boston Painters. But here at home, the Baystate Banner and The Boston Globe consider him one of our most talented native sons.


Smithsonian Museum

Hampton University

Museum Howard University Museum

US Sports Academy Olympic Museum

Switzerland National Center for Afro-American Artists

Morehouse College Museum

Museum of Ghana


Sankofa Fine Art Plus Featured Artist, 2009

AKA Entrepreneur Award, 2007

Marion Charter School Master Artist, 2007

Governor of Connecticut's proclamation, 2005

"215t Century Award," Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, 2000

The History Makers, 2003

Distinguished Alumnus & Honorary Masters Massachusetts College of Art, 1999

Mural at OrlandoInternational Airport, 2000

Essence Magazine

SELECT Teaching

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Piano Craft Gallery

Makerere Univ. Kampala Uganda Black Art Legends

View Shop →