Paul Paiement was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1966.
After high school, he attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on Drawing and Painting in 1992. He then moved to the Los Angeles area to attend graduate school.
In California, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from USC in 1995.
He is currently a full-time tenured professor in the Art Department at Cypress College, in Orange County, California. He lives in Long Beach with his two children Shoshana and Irit.