Eric Jiaju Lee graduated from the prestigious Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College. He exhibits regularly both 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 GQ Magazine, TimeOut NY, Twist Magazine, Sinovision TV, and a recent extensive 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. 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 had been a part of 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 . As an avid outdoorsman and rock climber Lee finds much of his inspiration through his direct interaction with nature and the wilderness.