Eric Armusik

Eric Armusik

Hamburg, PA, United States

About Eric Armusik

I am a classical figurative artist that fuses my life experiences with art history. My paintings are a declaration to the dramatic power of traditional, figurative art. The origin of my inspiration does not lie in academia, rather my past as a child surrounded by the vivid paintings I saw each Sunday during church. I don’t aspire to simply paint a figure; I paint a moment, a human experience, and an emotional dialogue that transcends culture, religion and time itself.

I use oil-based pigments, applying them to wood panels that I prepare. My chiaroscuro technique is based on 17th Century masters like Caravaggio and Artemesia Gentileschi. I paint fast and direct in an alla prima style over a grisaille, then with layers of glazes I finish with a rich varnished surface of richness and depth.

I graduated with a B.F.A. in painting and an art history minor from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and spent a summer semester abroad in Todi, Italy, where I studied directly from the masterworks of 17th Century artists. In 2010 I won the Chairman’s Award for the Sixth International Art Renewal Center competition out of 1700 submissions from over 30 countries worldwide. In 2003 I was honored to represent the United States at the Florence Bienniale. My work has been featured at the Salmagundi Art Club, Allentown Art Museum, Berman Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, State Museum of Pennsylvania, and at Monsoon Galleries and Progressive Galleries. Over the last few years my art has appeared in the pages of the New York Times, Poets and Artists, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Victorian Homes and American Artist Magazine. My work is in the collections of Howard Tullman, The Trenton Museum of Art and numerous private collections.

Figurative Contemporary Artist Art and Realism Portrait Painter Eric Armusik.


1991-1995 BFA, Pennsylvania State University
Studied under Julie Heffernan, Robert Yarber
Art History minor (Baroque Art), Pennsylvania State University
1995 Penn State University study abroad Todi, Italy


From 2016-2021 I’ll be painting the largest painted series of Inferno art from the Divine Comedy. Go to to learn more.


Solo Exhibitions

2014 Tragic Love Empty Spaces Gallery, Putnam, CT
2011 Stations of the Cross, St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA
2011 Stations of the Cross - The Body in Prayer, Holy Family Cathedral, Pasadena, CA
2010 “48 Hour Marathon Portrait” 27 paintings sold in 30 days,
2010 “Fire Sale” May 20-June 20. 19 paintings sold in 30 days,
2009 My Place in History, Progressive Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2007 They Had to Look, Mulberry Art Gallery, Lancaster, PA
2006 Right in Front of Them, Suite 3 Gallery, Harrisburg, PA
2005 Captured, Monsoon Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
Recent Paintings, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2004 After the Party, Apollo Grill, Bethlehem, PA
Recent Paintings, Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville, PA
1999 Recent Artwork, Artworks, Ephrata, PA.
1996 Recent Artwork, Mantis Green, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Eighth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition., Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA
Small World Postcard Exhibition & Auction, Magpie Springs, South Australia
Richeson75 Figurative International Competition, Richeson Art Gallery, Kimberly, WI
12th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist
Group show, Lisa Victoria Gallery, New Orleans,

• Group show, Lisa Victoria Gallery, New Orleans, LA
• Figurativas Painting Competition, Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain, Finalist
•Painting 2015: Realist and Impressionist, The Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste, Canada
• National Self Portrait Competition, Jerry’s Artarama, Online
• 11th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist
• Fast Lane Art Competition, Berks Arts Council, Reading, PA

• Introspection Artevaggio Gallery, Duluth, GA
• 10th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist: Imaginative Realism Category

• 2 x 20 Regional Artists Everyone Should Know, St. Vincent Gallery, Latrobe, PA
• Exhibition of New Saints, Italian Embassy, Washington D.C.
• St. Jacques Berthieu, Newly Canonized Saints Exhibition, Rome, Italy

• Catholic Art, Saint Vincent Gallery, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
• 97th Annual Exhibition, Allied Arists of America, NY

• 6th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Chairman’s Choice Award Winner
• Block of Art, Many Worlds Gallery, Pottsville, PA
• Progressive Galleries Artists, Progressive Galleries, Lancaster, PA
• Featured Artist Series, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Sovereign Center, Reading, PA

• 2008 Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
• Realism X, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE
• 31st Annual Juried Show, Goggleworks, Reading, PA
• Saturday Night Explosion, Progressive Galleries, Harrisburg, PA
• 33rd Annual Adam Styka Art Exhibit, Polish Heritage Society, Philadelphia, PA
Cocktails and Collecting, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

• Ellarslie Open XXV, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

• Painted Violins, organized by the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, four regional venues
• Winter Group Show, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
• Winter Juried Exhibition, Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing, PA
• 29th Annual Juried Show, Goggleworks, Reading, PA
Jurors: Scott Noel and Leslie Kaufman 
• American Artist Professional League 78th Grand National, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY

• 29th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA. Juror: Audrey Flack--artist
• Immaculata University Art Show, Immaculata University, Philadelphia, PA
• 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery,
Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
Juror: Dan Talley – Director, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University
• All Media Juried Show, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
• American Artist Professional League 77th Grand National, Salmagundi Art Club,
New York, NY
• Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juror: Dr. Kathryn Calley Galitz, Metropolitan Museum of Art