Paul Feiler was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, and came to England in 1933. He attended the Slade School, London, (1936-39), where fellow students included Patrick Heron, Adrian Heath and Bryan Wynter, before he was interned during World War II and sent to Canada. On his return he taught at Radley and Eastbourne colleges and then at West of England College of Art from 1946, becoming head of painting, 1963-75. In 1949 Feiler visited Cornwall for the first time and four years later he decided to move there permanently, settling in Stanhope Forbes' old studio in Kerris, near Newlyn.
Feiler painted in response to the landscape around him, writing in 1956, 'I have always enjoyed writing down with paint what I felt the world around me looked like. This has been a limited world; a world of wide open spaces, with snow and ice-covered mountains; later, the sea and rocks seen from a height. This had led me to try to communicate a universal aspect of forms in space; where the scale of shapes to each other and their tonal relationship convey their physical nearness to the spectator and where the overall colour and its texture supplies the emotional overtones of the personality of 'the place'' (see T. Cross, Catching the Wave: Contemporary Art and Artists in Cornwall from 1975 to the present day, Tiverton, 2002, p. 52).