Paul Elia is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design where he began integrating Drawing and Painting with Digital Media. He has since exhibited work in various notable galleries all over Southern Ontario and has worked closely with Toronto filmmaker Judith Doyle who together formed Reading Pictures: an innovative multi-media organization providing consultation and production services. Elia also worked on art direction and design with the modern abstract painter, Ben Woolfitt.
In 2007, Elia moved back to his hometown of Hamilton,ON and began creating his large format cityscapes that have captivated the hearts and imaginations of the local community. In addition to showing in many galleries and museums in Hamilton and Toronto, his works can be seen all over the city - from the trendy Earth to Table Bread Bar, to the innovative ping pong lounge Serve, to the cool boutique shop at the center of the James North Art Crawl, Mixed Media.
In 2012, Elia opened a studio gallery in his unique mid-century modern home in West Hamilton. With the towering escarpment as a backdrop, it was a stunning setting for viewing the large panoramic prints. Recently, Elia took on an ambitious project converting a large industrial style building in Hamilton’s East End into an incredible new gallery, Paul Elia Gallery, that currently showcases his work and hosts rotating exhibitions of other artists in the Hamilton community.