ERIC FISCHL, a contemporary realist painter and sculptor, began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved in 1967. After eventually graduating with a BFA from the recently opened California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1972, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was in Chicago that Fischl was exposed to the non-mainstream art of the Hairy Who. "The underbelly, carnie world of Ed Paschke and the hilarious sexual vulgarity of Jim Nutt were revelatory experiences for me.", Fischl has said. In 1974, he got a job teaching painting at the highly touted Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. It is there that he met his future wife, the painter, April Gornik. In 1978 they moved to New York City where they continue to live and work.