New York sculptor Paul Oestreicher has found inspiration in the many fascinating lifestyles to which he has been exposed. Since the age of 16, he has lived intermittently with Unami-Delaware Indians in Oklahoma, sculpting and drawing the traditional elders, and participating in efforts to preserve the culture and oral history of the tribe. His pen and ink drawings have appeared in books and journals about Native Americans. With his brother, David, he has even retraced the routes of 17th- and 18th-century fur traders during a nine week, one thousand mile canoe trip from Manhattan Island to Quebec City, Canada. He has also worked as a cowboy and ranch hand in British Columbia, Canada.
Paul has exhibited at several renowned galleries across the United States. He has also had a one man show at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, and was the Featured Sculptor for the 1993 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. He was also the Artist-in-Residence at the 1996 “Les Animaliers” Sculpture Exhibition in Connecticut. In addition, three of his sculptures have been selected by the State Department for exhibition in Guatemala at the Ambassador's Residence as work representative of the United States.
Although often celebrated for his skill as a master of detail, Paul’s art displays a great versatility. He has worked in nearly every medium, from bronze sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings, as well as musical compositions for piano and orchestra. In Paul’s own words, “It is not whether a piece is figurative or abstract that makes it valid as a work of art. Nor is the medium essential. It is the vision and passion of the artist that make the difference.”