Paul Koli was born in 1945. He studied Commercial Art at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai from 1965 – 1969. He studied Japanese print-making with a scholarship from the Asian Christian Art Association in 1989. He then went back to Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai to doing a Masters in Fine Arts in 1999.
Koli was a professor at the Print Making Class of the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. He participated in a number of printmaking seminars and exhibitions. He was awarded the 4th & 5th All India Graphic Exhibition Andhra Pradesh Council of Artists in 1977 – 78. In 1995, he received an Honorable Mention at the 3rd Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Prints.
Koli’s printmaking techniques are inspired by his emotions and thoughts, which he expresses in his works. He doesn’t like to constantly work in a studio or workshop, although when he is invited, he is happy to get acquainted with other artists. He never decides in advance which technique and direction he should be working in and during workshops, his subjects, material and methods are always different.
His works are in various private and public collections all over India and the world such as the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.