Born in Stuttgart, Germany 1968

Lives and works in New York, New York

Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palette, Erik Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life.  His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso,  Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein. 

Parker studied at the University of Texas, Austin with Peter Saul before receiving his master of fine arts from Purchase College of the State University of New York.   He was included in the first “Greater New York” show at P.S.1 in 2000 and has had recent solo exhibitions at The Cornerhouse Gallery in Manchester, England; De Appel in Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; Colette in Paris; Honor Fraser in Los Angeles; and Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, Denmark.






Check out our exhibition video with Erik Parker from his exhibition, Bye, Bye, Babylon, at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Erik Parker discusses the process behind his new body of work from its inception in 2010 to his gallery exhibition 6 September - 13 October 2012.