Award winning artist Erik Holland has lived in the Riverside Artist Lofts in downtown Reno since 2000. He is a working landscape artist, represented in several galleries in Reno and California. He does most of his work out in the field, but also loves to work in the studio to create larger, more ambitious paintings. Every now and then, Holland will create a history painting, such as his large Cesar Chavez Long March painting.
Holland is a lifetime artist and has painted almost every day for 20 years. Immediately after high school he went to the Chicago Academy of Art for one year, then knocked around for a bit. Adventures included a bike ride from Chicago to New Orleans, and trips to Spain and Hawaii. Holland then took a Greyhound bus to New York City and studied at the Art Students League of New York. His first mural was painted on the back of a gas station in Stinson Beach, CA in 1984. Holland went on to fill the city of Fairbanks, Alaska with murals during the 1990s. Upon arrival in Reno, Holland began having yearly art shows. He had his third show at the Nevada Historical Society in January 2015.