Paul Ackerman was four years old when, in 1912, his father, a company director, decided to move the family from his native Romania to France to avoid the harsh anti-Semitism prevalent at the time. He attended high school at the Lycée Charlemagne before reading Law at the Sorbonne. He would spend many hours, during these latter teen years at the Louvre studying the works of the Masters. Abandoning his decision to become a lawyer, in 1936 he established a studio at 100, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Here he designs posters projects, and jewellery for the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli and Marcel Rochas all the time attending art workshops given by Fernand Léger. In 1939 Paul Ackerman is mobilized, then imprisoned. He was soon released and moved to Saint-Tropez. Here in the south of France, he led a cloistered life, picking up minor commissions for his design work but he would also form a close friendship with Pierre Bonnard that would last a lifetime. From 1942 to 1945, as a Jew in France, he was forced to live an undercover life in the town of Chindrieux , there painting landscapes of Savoy , nudes, still lifes and self-portraits . At the end of the War, Paul Ackerman returned to his Paris studio, where he joined a circle of artists that included Pablo Picasso Jean-Michel Atlan, Jean Dubuffet, Serge Poliakoff and Alexander Garbell followed quickly by his first major exhibition at Raymond Creuze in 1947. The work of Paul Ackerman is characterized by its versatility, variations, mutations, stages, periods, cycles, turns, metamorphoses and even contradictions. Having never been a prisoner of style, he is at the same time one of the most secret painters of his time and inspiring reality. After a long and distinguished career, Paul Ackerman died in 1981. He is buried in the cemetery of Bagneux, Paris.