Eric Sanders (b. 1963, Philadelphia, PA) discovered the joy of painting at age six when his father first gave him art lessons. He continued to paint throughout college but upon graduation from George Washington University (Washington, DC) turned his focus towards building and establishing a successful entrepreneurial career. For three intervening decades, his brushes lay dormant. Following the sale of Sanders Industries in 2014, Sanders returned to making art full-time and established a studio in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Sanders embraces both traditional and new (digital) media, and his work is a clever reflection and formal synthesis of the artists who inspire him including such 20th-century greats as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Cy Twombly. As a result, a breadth of artistic genres, styles, and techniques informs his aesthetic language. Sanders is stimulated by the challenge of metabolizing what he sees and welcomes creative risk-taking within his practice. Although seemingly disparate, his work manifests an underlying theme: a continuously evolving relationship to the visual world around him. Sanders invites viewers to apply the same values of openness and fluidity to their interpretation of his work as well.
Concurrent with his artistic practice, Sanders is actively involved in philanthropy and established the Sanders Family Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity, in 2015. The Foundation supports organizations fostering sustainable change in developing countries with a specific focus on initiatives directed towards women and children. Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated funds to Global Communities, the Global Livingston Institute, Groundswell International, Nuru International, Project Care International, and World Neighbors. Sanders will transfer 100% of the income generated by the sale of his artwork to his Foundation for reinvestment in philanthropic initiatives further underscoring his deep commitment to socially impactful endeavors.
Sanders lives and works in Manhattan Beach, California and is the devoted father of two boys.