Erik Mark Sandberg

Sandberg has been in over 50 group exhibitions throughout all corners of the globe

Since graduating with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2002, Sandberg has been in over 50 group exhibitions throughout all corners of the globe, including International Art Fairs in Cologne, Spain, Seoul, London, Helsinki, and Miami, and has held solo exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Australia, and Pasadena.

Drawing from contemporary consumer culture and its psychological effects on those most susceptible to the relentless bombardment of mass marketing – the young – Sandberg’s paintings, and sculptures create an uncanny portrait gallery of hairy adolescents. The grotesque hirsutism of Sandberg’s subjects serves as a metaphor for the perversion and exploitation inherent in contemporary consumer culture and the double-edged promise of overnight fame epitomised by Los Angeles.

Sandberg describes his work as beginning with “observations of daily life, whether it’s a story in the news, or some dysfunctional family I see walking through Kmart.” His hairy adolescents were conceived of amidst alarmist news reports of tap water contaminated by prescription drugs, Raunch Culture fueled promiscuity and schoolyard addictions to Flaming Hot Cheetos. The nostalgic pop culture icons are autobiographical references to growing up with Wrestle Mania, GI Joe, He-Man and other manifestations of eighties materialism and idolatry, while the neon palette forms an assault on the senses akin to the “constant rotting of fruit in the sun.” Yet Sandberg’s hairy children manage to be surprisingly endearing.


1975 born in Farmington Minnesota (US) 2003 BFA at Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena
/ currently living and working in Los Angeles

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011Get Pretty Now. Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
2010Wonderfully Nutritious. MITO Contemporary Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2009Picture Day in the Garden. Johannsen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008 The Equilibrium of Glamour. Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
2005Project Room. Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery. Pasadena, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010Art.Fair 21. 21st Century Art Fair. Cologne, Germany
2010ArtSantander. International Fair of Contemporary Art. Santander, Spain
2010KIAF. Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
2010Survey Select. Curated by Mark Murphy. Wonder Bread Factory, San Diego, CA
2010SWAB, International Contemporary Art Fair. Barcelona, Spain
2010Five Year Anniversary Show. Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
2010 New Realisms. MITO Contemporary Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2010 London Art Fair. Mauger Modern Art, London, UK
2009 Wunderkammer. Curated by Valdemar Gerdin, Gallery Jonas Kleerup. Stockholm, Sweden
2009SCOPE Miami. Mauger Modern Art Booth, Miami
2009 Illustrative Art Fair. Berlin Germany
2009100 Euro Show. Hotel de Vil Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2009Post-It 4. GR2, Los Angeles, CA
2009Beach Blanket Bingo, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
2009AAF London. Mauger Modern Art, London, UK
2009Superhero. curated by Mark Murphy, Wonderhaus, San Diego, CA
2009AAF Bristol. Mauger Modern Art, London, UK

Selected Professional Activities

2011Artist In Residency / Artist Lecture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2010Visiting Artist Lecture / Studio Critiques, University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2010Visiting Artist Lecture, Harford University Graduate Illustration Program, Harford, CT