Born in Toronto, Ontario, Eric Conrad completed a BA in Mathematics and Fine Art from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design were he received an MFA in Painting/Printmaking in 2000. In his work, figures, part-beast and part-human, struggle to regain a sense of identity and control within sensual, exuberant, violent, and tender relationships. Narratives deal with a coming to terms with events not easily forgotten. Heaps of figures are mixed-up, entangled, disfigured and forced into co-dependent communities, fragile structures where there is potential for reconciliation and collapse.
He has shown his sculptures, drawings and installations internationally, including exhibitions in New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Iowa, California, Hungary, Poland, and New Zealand. Additionally, he has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has received a number of artist residencies including the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Anderson Ranch, and Frans Masereel Centrum. Eric lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas.