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Eric Balint

Balint was born in 1957 in a small city named Poti in Georgia, USSR. His father was French and his mother was from Poti. They met in Paris and came to Poti to start a family. Eric grew up in the loving care of his extended family in Poti. He was a lively child, often getting into mischief. His teacher often caught him drawing in class and not paying attention. She finally convinced his parents to encourage his artistic skill by sending him to art classes.

As Eric’s skills expanded he participated frequently in art programs and published his work in local magazines. By the age of ten, he was known in his local community as a creative child with a great deal of artistic potential. His art continued to be his focus through the remaining years of school, sometimes to the detriment of his grades. He made the decision to go to art school by the age of fi fteen though. He moved to Tbilisi to attend Tbilisi Academy of Art in 1981. He went through a long period of transition to this new place and time in his life. He missed the familiarity of his close-knit family in Poti, but he was enthralled with being forced to stand on his own in this new thriving culture. He spent a great deal of time alone, especially in the fi rst two years, and the only thing he knew to do was sit at the kitchen table and draw or paint. He would go for walks in local parks to observe people and landscapes, then return to his fl at to use the new images for drawing and working on projects. With his growing knowledge of technique and these new perspectives in how to look at the simplest object or the most complex, Eric’s drawing improved and he also matured a great deal. He was really forced to stretch in his personal and artistic growth. He began studying movement and light and the nuances of color with an attention he hadn’t previously known possible. Eric remembers this as being a major period of growth in his life saying that “he learned to see for the fi rst time.” He believes the nuances and subtle movement that make up the moments of our day are where the beauty of life is. After graduating from the restigious Tbilisi Academy of Art, Eric became more prolifi c and more confi dent in trying different subject matter and mediums than ever before. His talent was recognized by the USSR Union of Artists. Although he had originally planned to become a university professor of painting, his own exhibitions were frequent enough to support his own studio. The artistic climate in Russia was somewhat prohibitive, and his new contacts in the art world encouraged him to immigrate to the United States. After several years he made plans to move to New York where he spent several years painting and gaining exposure. He was interested in living in a smaller city and moved to Atlanta in 1989. His work has truly fl ourished since his move to Atlanta. Eric is most thankful for his new perspective on color and the dynamic use of vibrant color in his abstract and landscape collections. He continues to seek new ways to expand on his talents. Eric has exhibited internationally with great acclaim and continues to draw global attention.