Eric Fischl (American, b.1948) is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor, most famous for his sexually charged figurative paintings coinciding with the boom of Neo-Expressionism in the 1980s. Born in New York City, Fischl was raised on Long Island until his family moved to Phoenix, AZ, when he was 19. He describes his childhood as a mix of “alcoholism and a country club culture,” themes that continually appear in his work. Though he studied at both Phoenix College and Arizona State University, Fischl eventually decided on an artistic career and earned his BFA in 1972 from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. After graduating he took a job as a security guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which exposed him to the Chicago Imagists, such as the unconventional work of the artist collective, Hairy Who. In 1978 Fischl moved back to New York City with his new wife, the artist and painter April Gornik (American, b.1953). Upon his return to the city, he began painting scenes of private suburban life, establishing a reputation as a skilled Figurative painter of intimate and provocative subject matter. His sculpture Tumbling Woman, which memorializes the victims of 9/11, created controversy for its treatment of the tragedy. Fischl is often compared to Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), for his intimate scenes and treatment of light and color.

Timeline

1948
Born: New York, NY
1972
Received his B.F.A. at the California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1974
Began teaching painting at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
1978
Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Eric Fischl - Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2012
“Portraits”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. (Fifth Avenue) (solo)
“Portraits”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. (Chelsea) (solo)
"Portraits / Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century," Sperone Westwater, NYC, NY
2011
"Eric Fischl Early Paintings," Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection," The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY
2010
Corrida Paintings, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga, Spain
"Eric Fischl,"Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA (solo)
“Eric Fischl Drawings 1979-2009,”Jablonka Galerie, Koln, Germany (solo)
"Eric Fischl: Three New Lithographs," Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (solo)
"Dedication," Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Jouvences," Château d'Ardelay, Les Herbiers, France
"Your History is Not Our History," Haunch of Venison, NYC, NY
"Your History is Not Our History," Haunch of Venison, NYC, NY
"Naked," Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
"intimacy! Bathing in Art," Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, Germany
"Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection" San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2009
Corrida Paintings, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Corrida Paintings, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
Ten Breaths, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Ten Breaths, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
2007
Not for Sale, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY
Painting Now! - Back to Figuration, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006
En Masse, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
Collection on View, Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
2005
It's Framed - Exclusive Pop Art, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Dusseldorf, Germany
Dimensions, Winston Wachter Fine Art - New York, NY
Krefeld Project: Bedroom Scenes, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Eric Fischl, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
2004
The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
MKgallerie.nl, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003
Krefeld Project: Studies, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Krefeld Project, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Eric Fischl, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
2002
Photographs-St. Tropez, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Watercolors, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Eric Fischl: New Paintings, Galerie Jablonka, Cologne, Germany
2000
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
Mario Diacano Gallery, Boston. MA
1999
Eric Fischl Unique Works, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1998
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Galleria Lawrence Rubin, Milan, Italy
Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
1997
St. Tropez Photographies, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
New Works on Paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
1996
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Prints and Monotrypes, Numark Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1995
Solar Intaglio Prints, Alexa Lee Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
Michael Nagy Fine Art, Potts Point, Australia
1994
The Travel of Romance, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
The Travel of Romance, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Oeuvres Recentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1993
New Solar Plate Intaglio Prints, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
1992
St. Tropez, 1982-1988, Photographs, Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991
Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Center for Fine Arts, Miami, FL
1990
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Works in Progress, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
A Survey of Etchings, Woodcuts, and Monotypes from the Past Decade, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
1989
Waddington Galleries, London, UK
1988
Bilder und Zeichnungen, Michael Werner Gallery, Cologne, Germany
1986
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
1985
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1984
Mary Boone/ Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
1983
Birthday Boy, Galleria Mario Diacono, Rome, Italy
1982
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1981
Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York, NY
1980
Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York, NY
1978
Galerie B., Montreal, Quebec
1976
Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1975
Bridge Shield Shelter, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Public Collections

The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, USA
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, USA
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, USA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, USA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, USA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, USA
MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston, NY, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA
The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH, USA
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Scheringa Museum voor Realisme, Spanbroek, Netherlands
Daros Exhibitions, Zurich, Switzerland
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Proje4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey
UMMA - The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX, USA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, USA