Date of birth
Eric Massholder is known mainly as a self-taught artist. In 1979 he spent several months in Morocco studying painting. The following two years he travelled a lot visiting Sicily, Greece and India in 1980 and Nice in 1981. From 1981 till 1982 Massholder pursued his brief studies of art at the Villa Arson, Nice. Massholder held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Krivy, Nice, in 1986. Among his collective exhibitions should be mentioned those held at the SAGA, Paris, in 1989; Salon International du Livre au Festival d’Art, Monte Carlo, in 2000; Goya Museum, Castres, in 2009; Kamil Galerie du Forum, Monaco, in 2016, etc. Massholder is deeply inspired by the great painters like van Gogh, Picasso or Dalí and his artworks aim to establish a link between these artists. He creates an unknown, strange and fascinating universe that he constantly reinvents with the use of multiple colors and techniques. In his works, Eric Massholder condenses his desires, his fears and his dreams in collections of very intense motifs. Today his work has been the object of exhibitions in a number of galleries all around Europe including Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Gent, Venice, Paris, Strasbourg, Nice, Monaco etc. In 1997, he won the Special Prize of the Jury from the Arts Festival in Montreux. The luxurious limited edition of the illustrations of the letters of van Gogh is part of the archives of museums such as the MAMAC in Nice or the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris.