Paul Behnke was born in Memphis, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Memphis College of Art.

Behnke’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Heidelberg, Philadelphia, Saint Augustine and Memphis, as well as group shows in San Francisco, Honolulu, London, Dublin and the Republic of Cyprus. 

He has been awarded residencies at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center.

Behnke’s work has been reviewed in The New Criterion, Hyperallergic Weekend and The New Republic.