Born and raised in South Texas, Eric Fuertes received his BFA in 2007 from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where he studied the art of metal casting and fabrication under the guidance of Professors Jack Gron and Greg Rueter. During his final semester, while he was completing his thesis show, Eric moved to Houston, Texas where he continued his growth in the art of metal work as a foundry man for Donnie Keen at Keen Foundry Inc. In the fall of 2008, Eric was given a full ride to Graduate School and moved to DeKalb, Illinois to continue his technical and conceptual education by pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at Northern Illinois University. Upon graduating with his MFA degree (with honors) in Sculpture, Eric extended his stay in DeKalb and is currently a Adjunct Faculty Instructor in Sculpture/3D Foundations at NIU. He continues to create his own sculptural works and has recently been taking his mechanical prowess as a fabricator/artist/inventor to a whole 'nother level by creating interactive sculptural printing presses that not only challenge the art game but redefine it!