|Born||February 25, 1978
|Field||Contemporary Art, Painting|
Erik Sommer (born Minnesota, February 25, 1978) is a contemporary artist living in New York City. Best known for his work with cement, his work is about the passing of time, chance, and beauty, and is often compared to abandoned buildings, eroding stone or forgotten structures. His paintings often feature paint peeling off the canvas, and are recognized for both their subtle aggression and delicate strength. Sommer is represented by Rooster Gallery in New York, Adam Waymouth Art in London and TUB Gallery in Miami.
Erik Sommer has been exhibiting art in group and solo shows since 2004. He has been represented by Rooster Gallery in New York City since 2010, Adam Waymouth Art in London since 2012 and TUB Gallery in Miami since 2013. His first solo exhibition with Rooster, Red Balloon (I Wish I Was A), took place in December 2010. His second solo show with the gallery, And Riding Clouds, opened April 2013.
In the autumn of 2011 Sommer participated in RAW, his first international exhibition, at Pertwee, Anderson & Gold, a contemporary art gallery in London. This led him to be invited to participate in the 2012 London Art Fair.
Pray To Fallen Skies, Sommer's first solo international exhibition, opened in London at the end of November 2012. The show consisted of a body of larger all-white work that was displayed in two separate viewing rooms constructed within the gallery by architect/designer Tom Finch. Access to these spaces was limited so that viewers could experience the work unhindered. 
And Riding Clouds, Sommer's second solo show with Rooster Gallery, opened in April 2013 and included Apt. 4B, his first cement installation. Using found objects collected throughout New York City, Sommer recreated the living room of an apartment. The show received a favorable review by Robert C. Morgan in the Spring 2013 issue of World Sculpture News. 
- "Erik Sommer's Cement Paintings" Beautiful/Decay 1/26/11
- "Art in a Concrete Jungle" Vice Magazine/ Converse Blog 7/21/2011
- "Watching Paint Peel" New. York. Art. Crit. 12/17/10
- "Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics" Laureate Education, Inc. Page 91.
- "Interview on WKCR 89.9 FM"
- "What makes you STOP in the street and stare?" GARAGE Magazine 12/4/12
- "Erik Sommer at Rooster Gallery" World Sculpture News, Spring 2013