Paul Narkiewicz was born in 1937 in Easton, PA, and studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art in the early 1960's. After moving to New York City in 1966, in addition to painting and sculpture, he also pursued printmaking and worked with many notable artists including Alex Katz, Red Grooms, Yvonne Jackette, and Romare Bearden. In 1987, along with Vito Acconci, Mark de Suvero, and Roberta Stackhouse, he created site-specific sculture as a part of the show "Walk On/Sit Down/Go Through" at the Socrates Sculpture Park on the East River. In 1981, Narkiewicz had a one-person show featuring his watercolors of the Italian countryside at Kornblee Gallery at 20 West 57th Street, coincidentally the same address as Laurence Miller Gallery.

In 2010, Narkiewicz began to prolifically make intimately scaled ceramic sculptures. He debuted this body of work with the show Census in May 2015 at Laurence Miller Gallery.