Paul Fairley was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He graduated and subsequently instructed at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
He returned to Canada in 1976 to forge his career as a commercially successful sculptor.
Fairley’s prodigious and eclectic talent earned him a major international reputation. He executed commissions for the Canadian Equestrian Team, Time International, The Canadian Federated Wildlife Society and Abitibi Price Incorporated. Fairley’s work has been shown in over 80 galleries throughout the continental United States, Western Europe and Hawaii. His work is represented in important private and corporate collections in both Canada and the United States.