Erik Pearson was born and raised in Superior, Wisconsin, where he received a B.F.A. in Studio Art in 1993. He was awarded the first artist-in-residence at Lanesboro Arts in 2001 and has been a full time artist ever since. In 2005 he completed his first public mural project, and has created over twenty public murals, and eight installations since then, working with city officials, community groups, and business owners in the process. He has also worked on projects with Made Here MN, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, South Loop Creative Placemaking/City of Bloomington, Lanesboro Art Center, Phantom Galleries Superior, Business Improvement District/Superior Public Art Creating Community Environments, Irrigate (Springboard for the Arts), Arts Council of Indianapolis and Duluth Sister Cities International.
In 2017, Erik was honored to receive a Knight Foundation award as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, and will be creating a large-scale way-finding mural in Saint Paul in 2019/20. Erik is currently working out of his Saint Paul studio, Shipwrecked Studio, creating and exhibiting his paintings, murals, sculptures, installations, and music.
Erik Pearson’s works can be found in private collections nationally and internationally.