Born in Argentina, educated in Denmark and the United States, Erik Speyer has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to his art. His earlier professional responsibilities as a Navy pilot and director first of Planet Ocean and then the Miami Museum of Science allowed time for painting, on weekends and vacations. During those years he had numerous exhibits.
Until 1997, Speyer worked exclusively in watercolors. Since then, without abandoning watercolors, he has conquered a new artistic challenge by finding expression in the richness of oil paint, and his enthusiasm for its possibilities is evident.
Throughout his long artistic career, he has explored landscape and maritime themes from Mystic, Connecticut to New Mexico. Early in his career as a self-taught artist, Speyer discovered that the best way to learn to master the techniques of watercolors was to paint outdoors, en plein air. He became a regular on the Miami River and has continued to paint plein air in oils in such diverse places as Monhegan Island in Maine, the northern coast of California, Guanajuato, Mexico, and closer to home, the Everglades, central Florida and Key West.
His work is displayed in galleries in Charleston, SC; Mystic, CT; and Miami, FL and in his Miami studio. Erik has won numerous awards since 1964 and he is in many private and corporate collections.