Born in Southern California and raised in North Idaho, Eric Rau grew up in a home full of artistic expression, with the ability to naturally explore a variety of mediums. As young as age 11, he was winning state art competitions in his division and continued to do so through out high school. A passion for art, combined with his love of nature and being outdoors took him to the University of Idaho to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. After two years of study and a semester break spent traveling and exploring the culture and Art museums of Europe, he returned to the University and completed a Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking.
Rau translates his outdoor experiences to his artwork in an abstract-expressionist style to represent the relationship between humans and nature and the places we inhabit. As his work has evolved, the artist has begun to incorporate images that highlight the pressures and compromises that modern society places on our landscape. He hopes that his art acts as a catalyst for discussion about the relationships between man and nature, and the impact each has on the other.