Eric Araujo

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Eric Araujo
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Eric Araujo is a working and teaching artist from New York. He’s an interdisciplinary artist whose practice extends across all mediums such as sculpture, installation, drawing, painting and digital imaging. Eric’s work has been shown in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa Valley, the Canzani Center Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design, Johannson Projects in Oakland CA, Present Company Brooklyn as well as various galleries, non-profit art spaces and public parks in San Francisco, Oakland, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Most recently his work was included in a group exhibition at BRIC in downtown Brooklyn.  He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007.  Eric is currently Adjunct Faculty at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ teaching drawing and sculpture.  He lives and works in Brooklyn.  

ARTIST STATEMENT

  The House Project, which started in 2005 prior to the Tiny House wave, is an ongoing sculptural social intervention that promotes an exchange between the artist and disenfranchised members of society. With the necessity for refuge and protection from the elements whether in a time of loss, a need for safety, or simply survival, I build small-scale shelters that are inserted in an urban area with evidence of homelessness.  The structures are designed after common architecture found within the host city and are large enough to accommodate an average sized human with minimal possessions.  These modest constructions are mostly made of salvaged materials and provide a temporary respite from the elements with no expectations for longevity or permanence. They are utilitarian objects that serve to illuminate the notion of stability provided by the image of a house.  To date all houses have disappeared shortly after placed in the public realm and all the remains are photographs and some video.  Currently the project is focused on natural disaster refuge and preparedness through the medium of sculpture and drawing.  

ERIC ARAUJO

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION
  • 2007San Francisco Art Institute, MFA
  • 1999Pratt Institute, BFA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2015Power, Protest, & Resistance, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2015Open (Call) The Artists Studio, BRIC arts media, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014Beards, Bards, and Boom, Walt Whitman Birthplace Grounds, Huntington Station, NY
  • 2014Hamptons Photo Arts exhibition, Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, NY