Eric Jiaju Lee graduated from the prestigious Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College. He exhibits regularly in the US and abroad, with works belonging to numerous private and corporate international collections (USA, UK, Canada, China, Germany, Philippines, Australia). In 2009 Lee was commissioned by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to create a painting that would become the official brand logo of their Las Vegas hotel. The large-scale painting now graces a wall of the hotel’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby, overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. His work also belongs to several corporate collections including Dixon Advisory, one of Australia’s leading financial institutions.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Lee is frequently covered in the press such as in Twist Magazine, 944 Magazine, TimeOut NY, GQ Magazine (Taiwan), Sinovision TV, and an extensive 2015 article in the Huffington Post. Lee is a professor of fine arts, an independent curator and a guest lecturer at museums and institutions in the greater New York area presenting on topics ranging from Surrealism, Eastern Philosophy, Abstract Painting, to Chinese Contemporary Art.
From 2004 to 2008 he worked in Beijing, China in the renowned 798 Art District, where he maintained a part-time studio practice. Lee also maintained a full-time studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn from 2007 to 2016, where he took part in the growth of the area since it's early beginnings as a vibrant arts community and a hub of contemporary NYC arts. He recently relocated his base of operations to Greenwich, Connecticut, where he now resides.
While Lee is best known for his work as an abstract painter, he is an accomplished musician and is also practicing in various other visual media ranging from figurative drawings to fashion/art photography and art video. With his broad skillset and interests, Lee has a passion for collaboration across the disciplines and has played a role with notable dance, theater, and dance/theater productions in costume design, live painting, music, sound design, set design and video. To name just a few: the groundbreaking dance company, The Foundry, the innovative and Bessie award-winning performance company Red Dive, the internationally acclaimed ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater, and the production of Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky with dance/theater phenom, Soomi Kim.
As an avid outdoorsman and rock climber Lee finds much of his inspiration through his direct interaction with nature and the wilderness.