Erik Parra


Hear more from Erik on growing his career through conversation and dialogue, how being a curator shaped his work as an artist, taking a long-term approach to his painting career, hustling to protect his studio time, and adding value to the community.

Erik Parra Studio Visit for Liquitex photographed by Michael Cuffe

See more of Erik's work at erikparra.com and on Instagram at @erikparra.


University of Texas at El Paso — Where Erik first took classes in Photography

University of Texas at Austin — Where Erik earned his undergraduate degree

University of Wisconsin-Madison — Where Erik earned his MFA degree

Frieze “Why Artists Are Struggling to Make a Living From Their Art (and the Activists Fighting Back)”

Momenta Art — Art gallery based in Brooklyn, New York dedicated to emerging and underrepresented artists

Fivepoints Arthouse — Artspace Erick helped co-found in 2007, located in North Beach, San Francisco

Blankspace — Former Oakland, CA based art gallery

Southern Exposure — Bay Area artist-centered non-profit dedicated to supporting visual artists

Creative Capital — Supporting innovative and adventurous artists around the United States through funding, counsel, and professional development.

Liquitex Artist Residency — International artist residency program, hosted by Liquitex paint brand, where Erik was an artist-in-residence


Headlands Center for the Arts — A multidisciplinary, international arts center located within the Marin Headlands in California, where Erik was first included within a show with Kimberly Johansson

California College of the Arts — Where Erik teaches with the graduate and undergraduate programs

City College of San Francisco — Where Erik teaches within the extension program

San Francisco Arts Education Project — Where Erik participates in a residency each year, teaching ceramics to first graders

San Francisco Children’s Art Center — Where Erik consults teachers in underserved schools how to integrate creative practice and creative thinking into their curriculum

Bay Area Art Grind — Local source for artist opportunities

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) — Source for artist opportunities, nationwide

San Francisco Arts Commission — Source for local artist opportunities

Arts for LA — Source for local artist opportunities

SF Artist Network — Source for local artist opportunities