Paul Gillis was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his BFA from the University of Kansas in 1997 and received his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2007. In 2014 he had solo exhibitions at Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles and RH Contemporary in New York. He had a three-person exhibition at JAUS with Shingo Francis and Darcy Huebler in 2018. Exhibited and included in private collections internationally, Paul lives and works in Los Angeles, California.