Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.
He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee, the Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University and Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College WI. Recent group exhibitions include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2012 Biennial; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; and Rose Contemporary in Portland Maine.
His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Racine Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Erik Weisenburger’s landscapes are luminous and rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns – blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss – and have a satisfying balance. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, the symbolic overtones referential of “outsider” folk art. Each one is exciting and beautiful to see.
Erik Weisenburger lives and works in Portland, Maine.