Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Palnik introduced kabbalistic spiritual themes into his cartoons in the 1980s and 1990s. His cartoons combine graphic design, drawing, poetry and literature. The images are pen and ink drawings often rendered in minute detail. The cartoons are like one page books, each dispensing wit, wisdom and spiritual advice. Palnik Cartoons can be described as being balanced between universal, spiritual, prophetic themes and the absurd.
Many of Palnik's original drawings are in the collection of The Ohio State University libraries in Columbus, Ohio and his work is also represented in the Muse Magazine Cartoon Collection from the publishers of The Smithsonian in Washington DC. Numerous large paintings by Palnik are in the collection of Camp Ramah in Conover, Wisconsin, where he was artist in residence for 15 years. His paintings strive to depict humanity's relationship with God. Palnik lives in Columbus, Ohio.
- Palnik's website
- http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/video/detail/e40f4334-90c2-102d-a6fd-001ec92a4a0d/34565/Video NBC Television Video Interview with Palnik.
- http://cartoons.osu.edu/paulpalnik_ex.php (The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library).
- Interview with Palnik
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