Erik Schoonebeek has observed that "my work has been comprised of small gouache paintings, either on found book covers or on paper. On these surfaces I’ve chosen to paint the forms of structures, both imagined and inspired by architectural structures from past civilizations. Often centrally located within a rectangle, the images I paint hold the confrontational quality of monuments, signs, masks, icons and other ideograms. I aim for my work to stare back at the viewer with a power that is sublime, yet humble, undeniable, but ultimately intangible." Schoonebeek received his BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his MFA at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. from 2007-2009 he was Artist's Assistant to the noted American painter Thomas Nozkowski. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA and Jeff Bailey Gallery in NYC; and a solo exhibition at James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.