The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
When the 16-year-old Cuban-born Paul Sierra (1944- ) emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1961, his love was film and his ambition was to be a camera man. But when an uncle introduced him to oil painting, he was hopelessly seduced; he entered the School of The Art Institute in Chicago where he studied from 1963 to 1966. Realizing that painting brought little income, at least to a beginning artist, he joined an advertising agency where he became the creative director and worked in various media. At the same time he continued to paint at night and on weekends. He was 30 before he felt artistically secure enough to show his work and several years older before he felt financially secure enough to leave his advertising job. He has since devoted himself full-time to painting, six days a week, seven or eight hours a day. He has had some 50 solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibits, and many traveling exhibitions. His work is in the collection of museums that include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, in Washington, DC, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill, and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. It is also part of the permanent collections of museums in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables, Fla, Los Angeles, New York, and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Southgate MT. Harvest. JAMA. 2006;296(11):1325. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1325