Figurative painter Eric Fischl was born in New York in 1948. He studied at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, CA, earning a B.F.A. in 1972. After teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from 1974 to 1978, he moved back to New York. At this time, he began to create paintings that drew upon the alcoholism and taboo behavior that he witnessed in his adolescence in the suburbs. In recent years, Fischl’s works have included the Art Fair paintings (2013-16), a series of satirical works based on collages of photos he took at art fairs. In addition to paintings, Fischl’s oeuvre also includes figurative sculptures in bronze as well as prints and artist’s books.
Fischl lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, landscape painter April Gornik. He is a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. His works may be found in the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others.