Eric Fischl was born in New York City on March 9, 1948, and grew up in Long Island. Currently, Fischl is a celebrated artist among many museums and art galleries around the world. Fischl is also one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries because of his remarkable accomplishments.
In the year 1967, Fischls family moved all the way to Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in Fischls household was tough. In his website, his childhood was described as against a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content.
Eric Fischl’s formal art schooling started at Phoenix College. He also spent a year Arizona State University before continuing his studies at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. It was in this school where Fischl attained his bachelors degree in fine arts. Fischl then left for Chicago and took on a rather unlikely job as one of the guards in the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was in Chicago where Fischl was greatly exposed to the main influence of his work. Such great influences were Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt and Hairy Who.
By 1978, Eric Fischl moved back to New York with his then-girlfriend, April Gornik. A year after moving, Fischl had the opportunity to have his first gallery show, which was in the Edward Thorp Gallery. Fischls featured work had a suburbia theme, which was influenced by the artists he met in Chicago and his tough childhood. It was considered to be a daring move then, as the suburbia genre was not an acceptable genre then. What caught the eyes of critics everywhere was that his work involved the dark side of the conventional life of an American. Today, Fischls paintings are all about the age-old tradition of bull fighting. He is also currently working on a large moving gallery that has a circus-like theme.