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Eric Kristmanson

Eric Kristmanson

Born in Ottawa, Canada, 1991

Art has always been a part of my life. Thankfully I've been born into a very artistic family so I've always had their support. I’ve always been interested in art, especially modern and contemporary, and when I moved to Ottawa, Canada, six years ago, the city’s urban art scene really caught my eye. I learned a lot from some of the older artists in the area but aside from their help, I basically taught myself. It takes dedication and practice to be a street artist. I’ve been doing this for six years and I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I find urban art is a great way to share your work with people who tend to overlook art and don't have the time to see gallery art. Ottawa is a great city for me since it has a couple large legal walls and I find people really appreciate the artwork. In a cityscape full of concrete and steel, a colorful mural can really brighten your day and give a sense of living somewhere 'unique.' I have done over 26 murals and nine commissions in the past year and I'm looking forward to see what the next couple years bring.

The Caymans Islands definitely have a very unique feeling and culture. I'm happy to see that they are supporting public art spaces to showcase talent. The piece is called Tropicana, as it was strongly inspired by the vibrant and exciting culture of the Caymans.

Tropicana by Eric Kristmanson


Last Updated: 2009-04-01