born Tucson, AZ 1920-died San Francisco, CA 2008
- Also known as
- Paul John Wonner
- Tucson, Arizona, United States
- San Francisco, California, United States
Paul Wonner's parents hired a local California artist to teach him painting while he was still in high school. He lived briefly in New York, working as a packaging designer to support himself, then moved back to the West Coast to study library science. Wonner started his painting career during the heyday of abstract expressionism, but soon turned his back on abstract imagery to join a group of Bay Area figurative artists that included Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff. Even after he returned to the figure in the 1960s, Wonner retained the vigorous brushstrokes and strong coloring of abstract expressionism.