Born into a large working-class family, Paul was not afforded the opportunity to have formal art instruction. Entranced by Leonardo Da Vinci’s self-portrait at a very young age, Paul adopted the great renaissance master as his virtual mentor. He has dedicated the majority of his life to the pursuit of perfection in a singular style of artistic expression. Paul masterfully creates historically accurate miniature instruments to 1/7th of their original size. Each instrument is meticulously handcrafted and reproduced to an exact likeness of the original.
Passionate about this form of art, Gentile wishes to leave as his legacy, an added piece of history. “My work gives me the inestimable privilege of getting to know some of the geniuses of our time. If you put your heart and soul into this medium, you appreciate the masters and the emotions that went into every piece they made. It’s not about wood carving or making music, but getting into the man’s life.”
A talent by no means restricted to musical instruments. Gentile’s prowess is also evident in realistic miniature watercolour portraits and sculptures.