Paulino Sensei is a lifelong practitioner and teacher of martial arts, a published contemporary artist/photographer, an A.S.C.A.P. (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) musician/songwriter, and founder of PAGalleria based out of Tampa, FL.
After his honorable discharge from active-duty service as a decorated Air Force veteran in 1997, Paulino returned to the Tampa Bay locale and began work as a specialty martial arts trainer, studio session musician, and contemporary artist.
In 1998, Paulino was scouted by the legendary S.A.G. (Screen Actor’s Guild) agent, Dott Burns who started the first S.A.G. model and talent agency in Tampa, Florida in 1971. Under Dott’s tutelage, Dott booked Paulino work in commercial, print, film, and the music industry as a stunt model/actor, break dancer, musician, and photographer.
Since 1998 Paulino has worked with Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Ducati, Big Dog Motorcycles, Kodak, Sea World, Disney Animation Studios, Universal Records, Universal Studios, EA Sports, Derrick Jeter, Shana Zadrick, Yngwie Malmsteen, James Lew, Geoffrey Rush, Naomie Harris, Kierra Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp to name a few.
Paulino Sensei credits his health and wellness, survival, and success from his lifelong practice of the martial arts, military experience, music, and the arts. And it is his passion and vision to share and promote the healing arts, music, and health and wellness that made an immeasurable impact on his life, and the lives he continues to touch through his work.
Artist Statement: “In my work, I look to transcend time to illuminate the complex thread of mankind. Exploring the opposing elements and the idea of beauty and light, I believe one must embrace the dark truths that are as much part of our lives as the innate pull towards hope. Light and dark, order and chaos, the cerebral and the instinctive – each requires the other in order for harmony to ebb and flow.”
"I have always admired and respected Paulino as an artist and a person. His work is of the highest level and represents a great talent. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does and I am proud to call him a friend… I always look forward to seeing what his latest creations is… and I could honestly say I am never disappointed."
“Paulino is a true artist and was a pleasure to work with. True artists in these times are rare. Many may pick up a hobby and call themselves an artist. However, few embody art in every aspect of their lives. Working with Paulino I observed him do just that. From the canvas, to the lens, to the melody in a song he seems to master them all effortlessly. I see his work and interpret the pieces differently everytime I look them. A true artist can stir the artist in all of us. Paulino does just that."
"Paulino has a vision that is so unique and exquisite that when he shared with me his work I instantly became a fan, and soon after a model for a series of his work. It has been awesome getting to know Paulino and to know someone that is so passionate and knowledgeable about their craft that it isn't surprising at all to me to see all of his success as he continues to put out masterpiece after masterpiece."
“I feel blessed to have worked with Paulino. I had noticed his work many years before I had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. He is a master when it comes to his photography and art. He is a delightful, happy spirit, you will feel uplifted and inspired just being in his presence."
Fritz "e" Romus, (President/ES Art Group)
“As a three-time winner of the Erotic Signature annual art competition, Paulino has exemplified the true essence of "The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today" publication series through the creativity and originality illustrated in his artworks. We look forward to admire his future works and continue to experience his remarkable talent.”
Yngwie J. Malmsteen
"Paulino, your art and photography is truly beautiful. I'm honored that my music has been an inspiration for your art."
Dr. Cory Keirn, DPT, OCS, CSCS
"Rehabilitation requires strength, dedication, and most importantly, mental toughness. It is easy to give up, and it is even easier to settle with “good enough.” I remember the day I met Paulino at the Tampa VA Physical Therapy. I reviewed his case. His injury had healed and he was released by his surgeon. He was told his elbow was “good enough,” but he was sitting in my clinic because he did not agree with his surgeon. In his eyes, good enough was not acceptable. He was rehabilitating an elbow injury that was doing well, however, he was unable to fully straighten his arm. After the severity of his elbow fractures from a devastating motorcycle accident, I agreed with the surgeon that he was doing fine. It is very difficult to regain full range of motion after a severe elbow fracture, but he was lacking 10 degrees of full extension. Most people would be satisfied with this outcome. Paulino was not. He needed full extension to perform at the level he had prior to his injury. No one would take his case, but I could see the perseverance in his eyes. I have worked with many exceptional individuals in my career. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. I have rehabilitated professional baseball players in the MLB, WWE superstars, Navy Seals, Delta Special Forces, and the toughest old men from WWII. Very few have impressed me like Paulino. The traditional physical therapy techniques were long exhausted. We had to get creative, and in terms of rehabilitation, creativity can be painful. We tried techniques that most patients would fear. I knew he was in pain, but he never showed it on his face. His body would sweat from stress, but he remained calm through the process. It took months of work, but Paulino walked into the clinic every day with a smile on his face, knowing that he would be in pain for the next hour. I will never forget the time I spent with Paulino. He taught me what mental strength and dedication will achieve. To this day, none of my patients with his similar injury have ever agreed to the treatment I provided Paulino, and none have ever achieved what Paulino was able to do."