1969, Indiana, USA. Lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Eric French is a painter and interdisciplinary artist (sculptor, draftsman, digital artist, photographer, and video artist). His intellectual approach to work, idea, thesis, and research is complemented by forceful use of colors and dramatic compositions. His recent work emphasizes the physicality of pigment, working mixed media with heavy impasto work, sometimes applying paint directly from the tubes. He often manufactures his own pigments, being interested in the use of traditional and non-traditional methods and in how their dynamics affect the conception of the work itself.
In 1993, French was awarded the Chase Manhattan Bank’s Young Art Biennial First Prize in Painting, one of the island’s most prestigious awards. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree the following year at the School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico, he received a Malcolm Probes Fellowship for Best Portfolio at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he completed a Master’s Degree in 1996. Relocating permanently thereafter to Puerto Rico, he has continued since developing and exhibiting throughout the island’s main exhibition venues, including his recent individual exhibitions at the Ángel Ramos Foundation (Expanding Universe, 2015) and at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (Ten Billion Light Years in Diameter, 2012). In 2016 he exhibited at Morris-Warren Gallery in New York and has participated consecutively for the past three years in the prestigious Art of Elysium Benefit Auction in Christie’s in Los Angeles, California and New York. A committed artist and leader, Eric French has been teaching and mentoring uninterruptedly for the past 20 years at the University of Puerto Rico and at the School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico.