Interview with artist Erik Parra, by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción.
Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation, Parra moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. One year later he was accepted into the graduate painting department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on fellowship.
Upon completion of his MFA, Parra moved to Brooklyn, New York where he maintained a studio, taught art and exhibited his artwork. He has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, Chicago and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. In the Bay Area, Parra’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, WE Artspace and Kala Art Institute. Additionally, Parra has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards.
For over nine years Parra has taught students of all ages, a variety of media from drawing to sculpture. He has taught at many different types of spaces and programs including teaching Color Theory as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Here are some highlights from our recent studio visit with Parra:
All Photos by Cranium Corporation