Paul Hamanaka is a versatile artist. He utilizes all possible venues -- drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, and installation -- to capture the invisible truth in life.
He studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and the Academie de Port-Royal in Paris before earning an MFA degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, at venues in Japan, France, New York, and Pennsylvania, and has received reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times. His works have received numerous awards, including second prize in 2004 International Juried Show at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, top prize in 69th Painting Awards at Cheltenham Art Center, and the Kitanihon Newpaper Award in Japan. His art is included in collections in Japan, France, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and the United States, including in the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
He teaches drawing and painting courses in PAFA's Continuing Education program.