Ralph Papa has been drawing and painting since childhood in New York City's East Harlem. Primarily self taught, he later in his twenties studied art and architecture at Queens College and CCNY and painted at the Art Students League. Papa's works range from studio paintings using real and imagined themes, to figurative, portraits and plein air painting. Many of his studio works are larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Beginning in the mid 1980's, he painted on-location in New York's Hudson Valley and Long Island Hamptons and later in Palm Beach County Florida. The subjects of his paintings are often from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends.