Eric Holzman (’73): Rock & Roll Drummer Turned Painter


The Sky is Crying V, by Eric Holzman (’73)

Eric Holzman (MFA '73) is an artist living and working in New York City. We asked Eric to tell us about his career, where he finds inspiration, and his current projects.

When did you know that you wanted to pursue your current career?

I was always attracted by life's mysteries. When I was a kid, I liked that part of science, biology, astronomy, archeology. But I always drew and painted and made things. Then in junior high school I started becoming a fairly successful rock & roll drummer. This truly saved my life, until I went to art school, deciding to be an artist rather than a musician. Honestly, I also badly needed the structure. So the answer is pretty much always. I always was going to be an artist of one kind or another.

Were you involved in the arts/literary scene at Yale?

I do remember playing Jesse James in a Sam Shepard play, directed by Anne Cataneo.

What is your favorite show/exhibit right now?

The Unfinished Show at the Breuer.

What are you working on currently?

I am working on landscapes, and very romantic, spiritual paintings with figures and nature.

How did this project come about?

I have wanted to put figures into my landscapes for a long time, and did a bit, but the short answer to how this came about is: love.

If you could have your work displayed in any venue, which would it be?

Anita Rogers Gallery, Cheim Read, Louvre, they all sound good.

In pursuing your art, have you taken on secondary jobs? If so, which were the most interesting?

Teaching at Bard and the Studio School.

If you could meet one artist/author, alive or dead, who would it be?

I guess I'd like to know Giorgione. I have known many great artists in our time, but I never met Fairfield Porter, who I love.

Have you always been or plan to be based in NYC?

I always wanted to be a great New York painter. Someday I would like to put that behind me and be a great world painter.

How does NYC affect your work?

NYC calls me to be at my best, and I love the camaraderie.

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