Erik d'Azevedo was born in Oakland, CA and, as the son of an active anthropologist, attended school in many parts of the US, gaining exposure to culturally diverse peoples including the Washoe Indians of Western Nevada and Eastern California. He spent several years in Liberia leading to an intimate appreciation of the artistry of these tribal peoples. He attended the University of Nevada for undergraduate work and earned a BFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1974 and an MFA from CCAC in 1977.
His work has evolved out of a tradition in abstract painting loosely defined as "process painting," based on the investigation of new ways to conceptually break with tradition. His large-scale, mixed-media paintings, incorporating acrylic, metallic paint and industrial parts on canvas have been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He earned a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1992 as well as a prestigious Pollack-Krasner grant. His works are represented in private and public collections including the Oakland Museum of Art and the permanent collection of the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Art.
He has published poetry and has appeared in films and videos related to his creative output. In addition, d'Azevedo has taught painting, writing and literature at various institutions of learning in the San Francisco Bay Area including the San Francisco Art Institute and St. Mary's College. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
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