Philip Paval was born in Denmark, educated as a Gold and Silversmith and graduated from the Technical School of Art.
He settled in Hollywood where he maintained a studio a gathering place of artists, bohemians, actors and writers.
Paval contributed much to the development in the field of art. He is Past President of the California Art Club, Scandinavian Art Society, American Institute of Fine Arts, and is a member of the Museum Association.'
Paval was a prolific artist. His work is in seventeen museums in the USA, Denmark, England France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Vatican, Rome, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Ecuador, Austria, New Zealand and Australia.
He exhibited in many exhibitions and won many prizes, citations for his work. His work is also represented in many private collections.
Paval made Silver Medals of such famous people as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, King Frederik IX of Denmark, President Kennedy, Hans Christian Andersen, Pope John XXIII, in the Vatican, Rome, Charles Coburn, Princess Margrethe of Denmark, Carl Sandburg, Lincoln, Pablo Picasso, Dalzell Hatfield and many others.
He painted portraits of Walter Hampton as Cerrano de Bergerac, Carl Brisson as de Artagan, in the Danish Royal Theatre Museum, Denmark, Charles Coburn, Eroll Flynn, John Barrymore, John Decker, Jean Hersholt, Governor Cuthbert Olson of California, Jose Drudis-Biada, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Hamlet, Florence Crosby, Selene Walters, Gene Fowler, Ernest Hemingway and Mrs. Kenneth Hansen .
Paval is listed in Who's Who in California, Who's Who in American Art, World Biography, Member of Honor of Academic National of France, Fellow in the British Museum Royal Coin Numismatic Society, Academic Adriatic, Milano, Italy.
In 1945 King Umberto honored him with the La Corona De Italia. President Ramon of Panama presented him with the Commander Cross of Vasco Nunes de Balboa; Medai'le d'honneur du Merite Francaise, France; Palme d'Or France, Officer de Saint George, Belgium; Cross of Academic Honor, International Academy, Washington, D.C.; El Atenero Nationale de Ciencies Y Artes de Mexico, by President Portes Gill; Sociadade Braziera de Bella Artes, Brazil, S.A., and many others.