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Eric Armusik
Forsaken, 2005
2005
Oil on Oak
11" w x 14 " h
Eric Armusik
Edge of Her Seat
2005
Oil on Oak
12" w x 9 " h
Born in 1973, fine artist Eric Armusik grew up in the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania. Once
one of the largest coal mining operations in the county, his hometown was a landscape riddled with
the depressions of post-industry. In contrast to the blight was a diverse ethnic community strong in
faith. What the community lacked in public art and museums it made up for it with churches on each
city block. It was there that Eric had his first experiences with art, staring at the walls and ceilings at
church on Sunday. The traditions and academic realism of Catholic religious paintings and artwork
made a permanent impression that continues to influence his work today
Devotion
2005
Oil on Oak
18" w x 14 " h
Eric Armusik
Devotion
2005
Oil on Oak
18" w x 14 " h
From an early age it was evident that Eric had artistic talents and at the age of 10 he won an art
competition "Why I love living in the Wyoming Valley" that included students from all of the surrounding
schools and his drawing of the Swetland Homestead was exhibited in the Franklin First Federal Building in
downtown Wilkes Barre. His talents continued to win him numerous competitions and in 1990 he was
awarded for his Contribution to the Arts by Wilkes University where he attended their Upward Bound
program.

In 1991, Eric attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B. F. A. in painting, with and a
minor in an art history focusing on Baroque art. In 1995 he received the Margaret Giffen Shoenfelder
Memorial Scholarship for the Arts and finished his art history minor abroad for a semester in Todi, Italy.
During his art classes there he drew from original paintings, architecture and sculptures by the old
masters such as Michaelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello. The rare opportunity to
study masterworks by Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi had a profound effect on
the quality of his work and focused the inspiration he experienced as a child.

After years of learning the techniques of the old masters Eric honed his skills at the Philadelphia studio of
renowned international realism artist and portrait painter Nelson Shanks, Studio Incamminati. Today Eric's
paintings have established him as one of today's strongest purveyors of traditional figurative painting. In
2010 he won the Chairman's Award for the Sixth International Art Renewal Center competition out of
1700 submissions from over 30 countries worldwide. Eric conducts several workshops in traditional
painting each year and has attracted students from around the world that come to study with him.
The Death of Cleopatra
2009
Oil on Birch
36" w x 48 " h
Echo and Narcissus
2009
Oil on Birch
40" w x 66 " h
Eric's work has been featured in such galleries and
museums as the Salmagundi Art Club and the National Arts
Club in New York; Allentown Art Museum; Philip and Muriel
Berman Art Museum, Ursinus College; Monsoon Galleries;
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts; State Museum of Pennsylvania;
and Reading Public Museum to name a few. In 2003, Eric
was selected to represent the United States in Florence,
Italy at the Biennale Internazionale Dell Arte
Contemporanea where he exhibited several of his paintings.
His paintings are in the permanent collections of Howard
Tullman, The Trenton City Museum, Lehigh Valley Hospital
and several churches private collections worldwide. His
artwork has been prominently featured in publications like
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune,
American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Victorian
Homes, Old House Journal, and ArtMATTERS.
The Madness of Nero
2008
Oil on Oak
36" w x 48" h
Jupiter and Io
2008
Oil on Birch
60" w x 36 " h
Now?
2005
Oil on Oak
10" w x 8" h
Odysseus and the Sirens
2008
Oil on Oak
40" w x 72 " h
Temptation of Christ
2011
Oil on Birch
48" w x 60 " h
Rebecca
Right in Front of Her
2005
Oil on Oak
36" w x 24" h
St. Sebastian Attended by St. Irene
2011
Oil on Birch
32" w x 40" h
The First
2006
Oil on Oak
11" w x 14 " h
St. Jerome
2008
Oil on Oak
34" w x 48" h
Christ
2011
Oil on Birch
8" w x 10 " h