Paul Chaleff has been recognized as a pioneer of the resurgence of wood firing in America as well as for large-scale ceramic sculpture. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Yale Universtiy Art Gallery, the Princeton Art Museum as well as over twenty other museum and public collections thoughout the US and abroad.

Born in the Bronx, NY in 1947, Paul Chaleff received his MFA from the City University of New York in 1971. He is known for working with clay both in pottery and sculpture. In the mid-1970’s he spent two years studying in Japan and returned to New York where he pioneered the use of the wood-burning kiln in the US. From 1989 until 2001 he collaborated with Sir Anthony CAro on a series of large clay sculptures. With 55 on-person shows and participation in over 200 group exhibitions, Paul has exhibited and lectured extensively throughout the US, Asia and Europe.

Paul Chaleff is presently Professor of Fine Arts at Hofstra University in New York where he directs the ceramics program. His studio and home are located in Ancram, New York. Paul is married to Haesook Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He has a son Gabriel Chaleff and a stepdaughter, Shilla Kim Parker.


2006        Sanford Smith Fine Art, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
2004        Atrium Gallery, Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, MA
2003        Becket Arts Center, Becket, Massachusetts
1998        Becket Arts Center, Becket, Massachusetts
1998        David Findlay JR Fine Art, New York, New York
1996        David Findlay JR Fine Art, New York, New York
1990        Welles Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
1984        David Findlay JR Fine Art, New York, New York
1980        Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1979        Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York
1977        Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York
1975        Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York
1974        Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
1974        Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts


2016        The White Gallery, Lakeville, CT
2015-2016    Lauren Clark Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA
1985        “Works on Paper,” David Findlay JR, New York, New York
1980        Art in the Embassies, American Embassy, Rabat, Monaco, Contemporary Naturalism, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York
1979        Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
1976        “200 Years of American Art,” Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
1975-1977    “Drawing USA,” Traveling Exhibition of the Minnesota Museum of Art, including Carleton College, Minnesota; Civic Fine Arts Association,
South Dakota; Albrecht Museum of Fine Art, Missouri; Memphis Academy of Fine Arts; Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan
1975        Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
1973        Audubon Artists, New York, New York
1972        Graham Gallery, New York, New York


1976        Butler Institute of American Art, Purchase Prize
1974        North Shore Community Arts Center, Drawing Prize