curriculum vitae














Download my recent cv, here: cv_parra_erik


Born 1975, El Paso, TX.

Works/Lives San Francisco, CA.


Master of Fine Arts    2004 Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bachelor of Fine Arts         1999 Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Exhibitions


2018 History by Choice, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2016 In The Same River Twice, State Space, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Each Devil His Own, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA.

         @HOME, Project Grant Artist Residency, Buffalo, NY.

2013 Capturing the Void, Nisus Gallery, Portland OR.

         This: A Contemporary Situation, Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries

                   University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV.

2012 West Facing– Truesilver Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Between Currencies- Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA.


2018 The Plant Show, Swim Gallery, SF,CA.

         Mixed Tape, Mom and Pop Art Shop, Richmond, CA.

2017 Framework: Elements of Architecture, North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle,


2016 How to Build A Foghorn, Samuel Freeman Gallery, LA, CA.

         Perpetual Sunset, 2731 Prospect Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.

2015 Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center For the

                   Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

2014 Make Space, Berkley Art Center, Berkley, CA.

         MAS ATTACK 6, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA.

         Artists Across America, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA.

         Transition Point, Purple Pop Up Gallery, El Paso, Texas.

2013 This Will Never Work, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA.

         Ransom, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY.

         Paperworks, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington NY.

         Summer Group Exhibition,  Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA.

         A 2ND Show, Purple Pop-Up Gallery, El Paso, TX. 

2012 The End, Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX. Curated by Cantanker Magazine.

         Method of Exchange, Points North Contemporary Art Space, Farmington, ME.

         Introducing our Flatfile Artists, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA.

         Myths of Progress, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Curated by Lauren Davies.

2011 Juried Annual 2012- PROARTS, Oakland, CA. Juried by Hamza Walker.

         Chain Letter- Samson Projects, Boston, MA.

         Paint By Numbers- WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

         Wild Country- Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

         The Letter Collector- Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Small Works, Important Presence- WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

         Taste 2010: A Garden of Earthly Delights- Root Division, San Francisco, CA.

         Inaugural Flat File Exhibition- Golden Parachutes, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, DE.

2009 Salon09- Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK.

         Formations- Blankspace Gallery, Oakland, CA.

         Front + Center – Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. Curated by

                  Kimberly Johansson.

2007 Grounded– Southern Exposure San Francisco, CA. Curated by Kristan Kennedey.

2006 Works on Paper – Flux Factory, Long Island City. Queens, NY. Curated by Nick


2005 Performing One Particular Function- Marsh Special Projects

                   Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN.

         Point-to-Multipoint- Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro,NC.

         Corporate Bodies- Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY.

         NOVA: Young Art Fair- Chicago, Ill.


Selected Awards & Honors

Nominated as a Candidate for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SECA (Society for

         the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Award 2012.

Creative Capital Professional Development Program, Nominated by Southern

         Exposure 2010.

Second Place, El Paso Art Association Arts International Exhibit 2002.

Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2001.

College of Fine Arts Dean’s List, Fall 1997, Spring 1998.


Artist Residencies

Liquitex Research Residency, San Francisco, CA. December 2017 through January


Project Grant, Buffalo, NY, July 6 through 26, 2015.

Stamford American International School—Singapore, SG, January 18 through 

         February 10, 2015.

Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno. October 11 through 18,     2013.

Elswhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro, NC. July 31 through August 31, 2005.



Charmaine Koh, Shotgun Review, Erik Parra: History By Choice at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Art Practical,      May 08, 2018.

 Christian Frock, Gallery Highlights, SF Arts Monthly, April 2018.

International Painting Annual No. 7, Manifest Press, Cincinati, OH.

Christopher Knight, Uncharted Seas in ‘How to Build a Foghorn” at Samuel Freeman

         Gallery, Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2016.

International Painting Annual No. 6, Manifest Press, Cincinati, OH.

New American Paintings, Juried Exhibitions in Print, Issue #115, Pacific Coast     Competition, December 2014- January 2015. 

Muzzle Literary and Art Magazine Best Of Issue, Muzzle Literary and Art Magazine

         August 2011.

DeWitt Cheng, Out and About at Zughaus, Krowswork, and WE Artspace, East Bay

         Express, April 20-26, 2011.

Sam Stander, Pick of the Week, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, vol.44, no. 43, July

         28- August 3, 2010.

Emmanuel Hapsis and Kristin Farr, Studio Invasion, KQED Arts, September 04, 2010,

MomentaArt 2004/2005 Catalogue, MomnetaArt Brooklyn, NY, 2005.

The El Paso Times, July 27, 2003.


Selected Visiting Artist Lectures

Stamford American International School—Singapore, SG, February 07, 2015.

University of San Francisco—San Francisco, CA, September 10, 2014.

Portland Community College– Portland, OR, December 3, 2013.

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. March 26,2013.

University of Wisconsin—Madison- Madison, WI, October 22, 2011.



Fannie Mae, San Francisco, CA.

Kimberley Johansson, San Francisco, CA.

Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Tommy Guerrero, San Francisco, CA.