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Erika Gehringer
Cherry Hill, NJ

About the Artist

Erika Gehringer is a working artist living in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is also an art educator at Haddonfield Middle School in Haddonfield, NJ. She studied painting and drawing at Ramapo College and graduated from the University of the Arts with a Masters in Teaching Visual Arts (MAT) in 2005. She has been an active member of Muse Gallery in Philadelphia since 2017 where she has exhibited several times.

Erika grew up in Mexico City, a city rich in color, culture and art. Since she was young, she has always loved to travel. Her colorful abstract paintings reflect this background, rooted in a …

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About the Artist

Erika Gehringer is a working artist living in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is also an art educator at Haddonfield Middle School in Haddonfield, NJ. She studied painting and drawing at Ramapo College and graduated from the University of the Arts with a Masters in Teaching Visual Arts (MAT) in 2005. She has been an active member of Muse Gallery in Philadelphia since 2017 where she has exhibited several times.

Erika grew up in Mexico City, a city rich in color, culture and art. Since she was young, she has always loved to travel. Her colorful abstract paintings reflect this background, rooted in a strong desire to understand the past. Erika is drawn to splotches, notches, blobs, crevasses, cracks, and stains that blanket the streets. They make her stop and take a second look. Their random design and their haphazard spread fascinate her. They speak to her. They are begging to tell a story.

There is a certain sadness inherent in the designs that she sees left abandoned on sidewalks and walls. She does not notice every stain on the ground, but the ones she does notice are usually in places that have significance in her life. The subject matter varies from the sentimental to the quotidian. One of her paintings was inspired from the textures she photographed on the side of the church where her grandmother got married in Mexico City. Another one was created from the stains on the sidewalk outside of the place where she gets her coffee every day. Her work is rooted in these designs and inspirations. She photographs the designs and uses them as the foundation for her work. As soon as they are projected onto a canvas and given color, these remnants have the chance to become new again; to be seen and heard. They tell the story of how they came to be; they bear witness to events that had been relegated to the past. A moment in someone’s story, which was once forgotten, and often overlooked, has the opportunity to be again.

Artist’s Work

Find your way
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Find Your Way

By Erika Gehringer

Long way home 2
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Long Way Home

By Erika Gehringer

Last days of summer 2
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Last Days of Summer

By Erika Gehringer

Curb i
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Curb I

By Erika Gehringer

Curb ii
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Curb II

By Erika Gehringer

Land of what if
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Land of What If

By Erika Gehringer

Candy store i
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Candy Store I

By Erika Gehringer

San juan bautista
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San Juan Bautista

By Erika Gehringer

Spirit 3
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Spirit

By Erika Gehringer

Stepped on
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Stepped On

By Erika Gehringer

Coyoacan
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Coyoacan

By Erika Gehringer

Lodge 2
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Lodge

By Erika Gehringer

River rocks 3
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River Rocks

By Erika Gehringer

Glacier bay
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Glacier Bay

By Erika Gehringer

El muro
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El Muro

By Erika Gehringer

Alaska 2
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Alaska

By Erika Gehringer

Cape elizabeth
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Cape Elizabeth

By Erika Gehringer

Selected Exhibitions

Education

  • University of the Arts, MAT
    Philadelphia, PA,2005 
  • Ramapo College, MA Painting and Drawing
    Mahwah, NJ,1996 
  • Colegio Columbia, High School
    Mexico City, MX,1992