Eric B. Ricks is a celebrated muralist, sustainable arts creative, and founder of Phoenix Fine Arts & Design. Always evolving, Ricks is a focused and expressive student of the arts. Embracing photography early on, Ricks quickly developed as a natural creative, gravitating to the fine arts where he explored traditional canvas painting with oil and acrylic mediums. After briefly studying film photography in college, Ricks became immersed in the culture and aesthetics of the aerosol street art scene. His passion for painting on canvase, crossed paths with the hip-hop and graffiti culture. Soon he began painiting along the railroad tracks retaining walls (by his home) in Montgomery County, easily transitioning into a muralist, conceptualizing and installing large scale graffiti art projects.
Ricks creative energy caught the attention of prominent photographer behind ‘The Shame of a Nation,’ and documentarian of Washington area stage productions, George de Vincent. The two developed a special relationship, drawing from a mutual love for the arts, and inspiring the next generation. Ricks love for nature inspired his latest artistic expression, sculpted metal butterflies and roses. Made from the waist material from mural projects, he managed to reduce his carbon footprint by turning the spray paint cans into beautiful art pieces.
In 2014 Ricks creative journey continued with a seven month trip across the country, painting murals along the way (Portland, Las Vegas, Cleveland and St. Louis), leaving his signature ‘humming bird’ and expanding his body of work as a muralist. Ricks continues to raise the bar with his murals, selected numerous times to produced commissioned work for both public and private entities, including, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Murals DC, Busboys and Poets, Ben's Chili Bowl, Kercus, Fitness Optimus Gym, and many more. He was the first place winner of the Illuminated Village Mural painting competition. Ricks has been featured in several publications, including the Washington Post, Voice of America, talking exclusively about his commissioned work in Takoma Park, MD, as well as his position on the graffiti culture in Washington, DC. A committed mentor and advisor to young artists in mural painting, Ricks resides in Silver Spring, MD and travels frequently to advance the arts.