Eric Gerdau earned his BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and was recipient of the prestigious European Honors Program where he spent a year of intensive study abroad in Rome, Italy. His education culminated in receiving the Guggenheim Award for Painting in May 1996.After graduating from RISD, Gerdau lived and worked in New York City for over a decade where where he formed his professional practice. He exhibited paintings, mixed media, installation, and photography in solo and group exhibitions, collaborative projects, and worked with collectors and designers based out of his studio in the arts district of Soho. His work during this period was also deeply informed by perspectives encountered in his working travels to Lisbon, Portugal, Shanghai, China, and Laguna Beach, California.In Lisbon, Gerdau investigated installation and performance art which led to creating an installation for the entrance to Centro Cultural de Belem, Portugal’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In Shanghai, his work became informed by study under masters in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting as well as collaboration and exhibition with contemporary artists. In Laguna Beach, what started as a fresh re-investigation of color and observational painting en plein air led to a series of works celebrating atmospheric horizons of the natural, exterior world in order to illuminate inner, emotional states. Gerdau currently maintains a working studio gallery in Laguna Beach. His interpretations of ocean horizons, mixed media, fiber arts and drawings are exhibited in galleries, museums, and collected and commissioned by private collectors internationally.
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