Internationally renowned American painter and sculptor, Eric Fischl, is recognized as one of the most influential figurative artists of his generation. Born in 1948 in New York City, he grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, NY. He attended Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972.
Fischl first garnered national attention for his early work, which presented an unsettling look at the undercurrents of the suburban American psyche. He examined mainstream America with a critical eye, teasing acceptable boundaries by exploring forbidden subjects. The artist offered us a new family portrait: one of human vulnerability and dysfunction. Fischl continues to probe the human condition in his provocative beach paintings, presenting enigmatic, often sexually charged scenarios of unguarded beach goers at play in elite locales.
Eric Fischl's work is represented in numerous museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. His paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions.