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Arup J. Paul

Arup J. Paul (b. 1979) is a portrait and landscape painter in the European tradition and a Creative Technologist whose innovative approach to art combines analog and digital techniques to push the boundaries of interactive expression.

Raised amidst the splendor of the Ganges, Bengal, India Paul’s creative vision was shaped by a deep appreciation for the natural world. After honing his craft at the Birla Academy in Kolkata, he embarked on a journey of artistic self-discovery that took him from the sun-drenched streets of Florence to the bustling metropolis of Berlin, where he worked tirelessly as a digital artist for top-tier game developers.

In 2013, Paul made the Hanseatic City of Hamburg his home, where he has since dedicated himself to the exploration of cutting-edge art forms.

His portraits imbued with an empathic sensibility that forges a powerful bond between sitter and viewer, are executed with a painterly finesse that bears witness to his mastery of the European tradition.

His landscapes, meanwhile, reveal a deep reverence for the grandeur of nature, capturing its ineffable beauty with a transcendent clarity that is at once lyrical and precise.


As a Creative Technologist, he has worked and collaborated with international hi-tech companies and his work resulted in the awarding of a patent by the State Intellectual Property Office of China and the European Patent Office in 2017, acknowledging the innovative impact of his UID (Unique Identifier) invention which revolutionized the interactions between the physical and digital realms.

Currently, he is experimenting with custom Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR). Leveraging his skills and experience to create cutting-edge and immersive experiences that redefine the perception of reality and exploring the limits of interactive expression in art and connecting it with analog art forms. 

Paul is endlessly exploring new avenues of interactive expression, weaving together the latest advances in digital technologies with the timeless sensibilities of classical art. Through his innovative approach, he has established himself as one of the most dynamic and visionary artists of his generation, fearlessly charting new territories of creative expression and captivating audiences around the world with his boundless artistic vision.

Selection of Exhibitions

04/2023 – 06/2023: “Fastest Growing Forest #fastestgrowingforest – painting meets artificial intelligence”.
Groundbreaking solo exhibition at the Wälderhaus. Arup J. Paul is one of the first artists in Germany to experiment with generative artificial intelligence and created his own AI-Model to teach a “machine” how to paint just as himself.
The show featured, for the first time, large-scale oil paintings on canvas and images generated by custom artificial intelligence (AI) data, depicting the forests and landscapes of northern Germany. NDR report: Arup J. Paul uses artificial intelligence for his art.  

02/2023: “Jetzt: Alle” Annual Exhibition of BBK Hamburg (Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Hamburg) at the Kunsthaus Hamburg
The exhibited portrait in oil on canvas integrated Augmented Reality. The depicted human being interacts though AR with the audience, inspired by the Harry Potter movies. It was the first of its kind to be displayed publicly at the Kunsthaus Hamburg.

08/2022: Live-Art-Music-Performance at the Consulate General of India Hamburg
Continuing the project Uncontrolled Lines, Arup J. Paul painted a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to live music during the celebrations of the 75th Independence Day.

03/2022: „Uncontrolled Lines“ at Hamburger Hof
Solo exhibition with Live-Art-Music-Performance. “Uncontrolled Lines” is an experiment in which visual arts interact with performing arts and vice versa in an improvised, uncontrolled setting. Inspiration comes from everywhere – also through music. Arup J. Paul transforms live music into spontaneous sketches, conveying through his artwork an immediate impression of how he perceives the music at the moment. At the same time, he allows the audience to participate live in the creative process. Works are created in charcoal on paper or oil on canvas. 

11/2021: “Große Himmel, gekröntes Blau” at Felix Jud Hamburg
Group exhibition, participation with paintings from the series about the Lüneburger Heide and Haseldorfer Marsch. The show was dedicated to North German landscape painting and included around 100 works by 30 painters.

11/2021: Podiumdiscussion „Kunst als Brücke der Kulturen“ at Kunsthaus Hamburg

since 10/2021: Participation in the “Frei Fläche” funding program
Arup J. Paul was one of the first artists to be included in the program of the Kreativ Gesellschaft Hamburg and will be funded until the end of the program.

08/2020: „Von der Heide in die Alpen“ Levantehaus Hamburg
Exhibition, among other things, of the Heide series, consisting of 20 oil pastel works that capture the changing play of light and shadow of the Heidesky as well as a short film shot with smartphone.

08/2019: „DREI“ Werkkunst Gallery Hamburg
Group exhibition with the series „Haseldorfer Marsch“ and a short film shot with smartphone

2001 to 2003: Participation in exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Art Kolkata, Birla and exhibitions in private galleries in Mumbai.