Born in Argentina in 1940, educated in Denmark and the United States, Erik Speyer has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to his art. As a Navy pilot and director first of Planet Ocean and then the Miami Museum of Science, followed by years of other international museum and exhibit work, he spent weekends and vacations painting. During those years, in spite of many demands on his time, he had numerous art exhibits. Only recently has he become a full-time artist.
Until 1997, he worked exclusively in watercolors. Without abandoning watercolors, he is now also finding expression in the richness of oil painting.
Mr. Speyer continues his fascination with one of his first locations, the Miami River. Throughout his long artistic career, he has explored landscape themes from Maine to New Mexico, but he always returns to scenes of the Miami River, where he develops his greatest sense of place. He tells us:” The river is a constantly changing palette – old rusting ships, containers, palms, flags, tugboats and merchant sailors from all over the world.