Artist Bio

My artistic practice has taken me on a lifelong “shoestring” adventure—packed with action and magic—that has variously found me training in Beijing with Kung Fu masters; tango dancing in Buenos Aires; in riots in Chile; eating dinner on dirt floors with Tibetan exiles in Nepal and at the dinner tables of famed filmmakers in Italy; on the couches of Panthers and Weather Underground; in medicinal ceremonies in the Amazonian jungle; at Tahrir Square with a million Egyptians... I am a humanist artist: unapologetically narrative, and for whom art and the social world are inseparable. I use the proceeds of the sales of my art to witness the world firsthand—i.e.-when I sell a painting, I buy a plane ticket and go!
It all began with a natural integration of my sociopolitical beliefs with a sheer joy of art-making, and has since developed into an artistic praxis by which I integrate the human realm- its individuals, cultures, and struggles- with its refuse, in order to address the issues I feel most passionate about. I have been to more than 50 countries, immersing myself, to the best of my abilities, in the daily life of countries like Nepal and Nicaragua, cities such as Istanbul and Caracas, studying languages, getting around on foot or by bus, sketching, making friends, and collecting disinherited commercial “waste”. Inevitably I return to my studio in Santa Fe, NM, to create series of works that are exhibited and collected internationally.

Artists Statement

What consistently compels my artistic practice is the deep desire and sense of obligation to convey that which I have found to be true in all of the countries I have traveled to: that our commonalities as human beings far outweigh our differences.  Divisions are often either superficial or artificially created based on racial, economic, and national ideologies.  Where we are similar is of a more profound metaphysical caliber: the bond between brothers, the love between mother and child, the kinship shared through creative endeavors; these run like threads in the great fabric of generations. 
 The reasons behind my use of recycled material, like the works themselves, are multilayered. First, I believe that artists have always used materials close-at-hand (nowhere is this perhaps more apparent than in New Mexico—where bulteros use discarded, weather-worn pieces of wood; potters use clay dug right from the earth; etc.); I am no exception: I use what is most readily available to my era—discarded packaging and product waste from our globalized consumer culture.
Secondly, my use of trash is a spiritual practice in the sense that the discarded waste is re-transfigured, hopefully, into something of beauty.
Finally, using post-consumer waste is a socio-political act in that, not only is it a form of recycling, but also by virtue of the fact that it is written in every language, and gathered from every continent it expresses our interconnectedness and our commonalities as human beings—in what we value, share, consume, and cast away.

Instagram: @erincurrierfineart

Artist Resume

Born:  1975, Haverhill, MA

Home:  Santa Fe, NM

Education:  College of Santa Fe, BFA Theatre Design (magna cum laude)


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2019: "From Manet to Mexico: Mas Las Meninas". Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018: “Las Meninas,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018: “La Frontera,” Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

2017: “La Frontera,” University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2017: “Fight Like a Girl,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016: “Rogues and Reinas,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016: “Song of the West,” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2015: “The Orchard Keepers,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014: “From Taos to Laos,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013: “From Paris to Phnom Penh,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013: “Soldiers, Saints, and Psychos,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2012: “From California to Cairo,” Hamilton Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011: “Seven Miles Per Second,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “Friendly Skies,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “Journalistas Unembedded,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2009: “Schoolyards,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2009: “Schoolgirls and Schoolboys” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2009: “Portenas,” Masottatorres Contemporanea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008: “Miss World,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2007: “America Below,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2007: “In Solidarity,” Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy, Washington D.C.

2006: “From Vietnam to Venezuela, Bandits and Beauty Queens,” Parks Gallery, Taos

2005: “Mothers and Martyrs,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2005: “Small Works,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2004: “The Other America,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2004: “Selected Works,” TOPS Gallery, Malibu, CA

2003: “Liberation Series,” College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2003: “Liberation Series,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018 -2020: "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI; The George Washington University Museum, &The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX;  Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

2018-2019: “Because It's Time: Unraveling Race & Place in New Mexico,” National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

2018-2019: Without Borders/Arte Sin Fronteras, El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo, CO

2013-2019: LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2018: “Revolution,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016: “Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection,” University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ

2016: “The Legacy of Fred Harvey in New Mexico,” Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016: “Fahrenheit 451,” Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2015: “Song of the West,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2015: “Lollipop Guild Invitational,” Lovett’s Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2014: “Uncharted Territory,” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2013: “Fine Folk of New Mexico,” Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013-15 “LA Art Show,” Los Angeles County Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2012: “Finite Passing of an Infinite Passion,” SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM

2011: “100 Years of Women Rockin’ the World,” Artrage Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2011:  “18 Days,” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “TWO,” Rooftops, Berlin, DE

2009: “Vision Shift,” Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2009:  Arte BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009: “Salvo,” Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007-11: Masottatorres Contemporanea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008: “FOCA Show,” Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2007-08: “Originals,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Harwood Museum, NM

2007: “Lifting the Veil: New Mexico Women and the Tricultural Myth,” Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2005-08: MJ Higgins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005: “Heroes,” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2005: “La Madre Poderosa,” Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

2003: “FOCA Exhibition,” Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

1999-2006 Tops Gallery, Malibu, CA


Selected Books and Publications:

Last Sketches, Erin Currier, CSF Publishing 2017

Carnet d’Amerika, Erin Currier, CSF Publishing 2016

Carnet d’Asie, Erin Currier, CSF Publishing 2013

The Paintings of Erin Currier, CSF Publishing, 2012

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection, The University of Arizona Press, 2016

Life in Schools, Peter McLaren, Paradigm Publishers, 2015

Sketchbook Confidential, North Light Books, 2010

Women Artists Datebook , Syracuse Cultural Workers, 2016,2013,2012,2010, 2009

Education, and the Struggle for Liberation, Mustafa Yunus Eryman, Peter McLaren, Hampton, 2009

100 Artists of the Southwest, Douglas Bullis, Schiffer, 2006

Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire, Peter McLaren, Nathalia Jaramillo, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006

Capitalists and Conquerors, Peter McLaren, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005

Teaching Against Global Capitalism, Peter McLaren, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005

Breaking the Chains Magazine, 2017

New Mexico Magazine, 2017

Western Art & Architecture, 2017

American Art Collector Magazine 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 (cover), 2013, 2012, 2011, 1010

Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo 2016, 2015, 2014 (cover), 2012, 2010,2008,2006,2004

Santa Fe Reporter, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013(cover), 2012, 2006, 2005

THE Magazine, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 1999

Professional Artist Magazine, 2015

Santa Fean, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2004, 2003

Taos News, 2018 (cover), 2015, 2014 (cover), 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008 (cover), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 (cover), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 (cover)

Pasticcio, 2014

Malibu Magazine, 2012, 2005

Collector’s Guide 2010

Southwest Art, 2010

Buenos Aires Herald, 2009

Pagina 12, Argentina, 2009

Paseante Extranerjero, Argentina, 2009

Raw Guide, Argentina, 2009

Welt der Frau Magazine, Austria, 2008

Washington Post, 2007

Pacifica Radio, 2007

Bottom Line, 2006

Art News, 2004

Atomica, 2004

American Style Magazine, 2003

Utne Reader, 2002

National Public Radio, 2002, 2000

New Mexico Magazine, 2002

Su Casa Magazine, 2001



PBS Television “Colores”, 2014

Santa Fe Reporter


Selected Collections:

Bernardo Bertolucci

Sherilynn Bevel

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela  Embassy

Lisa Bonet

California State University

President Hugo Chavez

John Cusack

Joan Cusack

Whoopi Goldberg

Mel Gibson

Linda Hamilton

Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

Dennis Hopper

Coretta Scott King

Jeremy Piven

Julia Roberts

Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Santana

Martin Sheen

State of New Mexico Public Collection, Santa Fe, NM

Dean Stockwell

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ



Blue Rain Gallery