Paul Goodwin was born in Hull, Yorkshire, on 23rd July 1951. His father and mother are both painters, his father also a mosaicist, art-historian and academic, with a specialism in Indian art and philosophy. As a child he travelled widely with his parents in Italy, France and Spain. He received an honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Leeds, 1969-73 where he studied under Lawrence Gowing. He earned an Advanced Diploma in Art & Design Education, University of Sussex in 1978-79.
From 1973-1983 he lived in London, Uganda, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, working as a lecturer in Painting an Film/Photography. In 1976-77 he worked for several months in Asia on a TV historical documentary film tracing the route of Xenophon's “Anabasis” through Turkey, Syria and Kurdestan. Goodwin has travelled widely on the African continent, and continues to visit Africa frequently.
In 1984, having given up teaching and after a year painting in London, Goodwin moved to Italy, where, at the invitation of the artist Paola Brusati and Giuseppe Spagnulo, he took over a studio in “La Casa degli Artisti”, in corso Garibaldi, Milan. Here he has lived and worked for thirteen years. In 1992 he established a personal home and studio base in the Langa Astigiana (southern Piedmont). Since 1997 this has been his principal residence and place of work.