Erik Blome is an accomplished sculptor with works that dot the nation. His work encompasses everything from small-scale sculpture and drawings created for display in galleries to publicly commissioned monumental size bronzes for stadiums, cities, museums, universities and public spaces. Large-scale commissioned sculpture works have been permanently installed in the downtown areas of major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Dallas, Milwaukee, Alexandria VA, Montgomery AL, and Dayton OH. He also completed a large scale (20 foot tall) steel sculpture project in 2009 in southern Ethiopia. Erik was born and raised in the Chicago area and currently resides in northern California.
Erik attended the University of Michigan where he earned a B.F.A. in Fine Art with a heavy concentration in figurative sculpture. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Boston University. Subsequently, he received a Rotary Scholarship and did postgraduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England, where he received a postgraduate diploma in sculpture and drawing.
Erik has shown his work at galleries and in shows across the country and has completed numerous private commissions and impressive monumental public figurative sculpture works.
Erik’s Studio has handled everything from very large-scale bronze sculpture projects to restoration projects on commission.
Erik is very involved in his community and has taught sculpture and drawing at several colleges and art schools, including at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the Royal College of Art in London. He was visiting artist at the American University in Cairo in 2009, and artist-in-residence at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in December 2010-January 2011 where he built a fine art bronze foundry. Currently he is artist-in-residence at the City of Oak Lawn, Illinois where he has a temporary studio set-up to create a 911 monument using large steel beams from the World Trade Center in New York City.
Additionally, Erik and his wife Charlotte Blome founded and run a not-for-profit 501©(3) organization called When I Grow Up I Want To Be… Inc. which over the past several years has brought art and other supplies, art workshops, and much attention to Ethiopian kids, both orphans and streetkids. They travel there frequently. These programs and works have been exhibited widely throughout the USA.