Eric ForleeAmerican, b. 1949
A painter of large wild African animals from portraits to panoramas, he was born in China and as a child was fascinated by books and photographs of wildlife on the African continent. His father was African, but he only met him once when he was age 7 and his mother left her young son behind to move permanently to Africa.
He was raised by a grandmother and had an unhappy childhood in Mou Ming. He was forbidden to draw in school because that was reserved as an upper class activity. He spent six years in a Chinese labor camp during the Cultural Revolution. He currently resides in California and travels through out the year to Africa to paint. Eric is considered one of the leading safari painters in the world. He has exhibited his works throughout the United States and Internationally.