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Eric Aho - Red Winter DC Moore Gallery Manhattan 2009

9th Finglish trip October 2009 #5

Eric Aho is a Finnish American painter, whose work has been on show in several solo exhibitions in Manhattan, among other locations. Eric was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He lives in Saxton River, Vermont. On 8th of October 2009 his exhibition Red Winter was opened in DC Moore Gallery on 724 Fifth Avenue, New York.

Eric likes to tell a story from his schooldays, when a teacher would read out the names of the boys and pronounce Eric’s surname “Ay-ho”, as in English. Little Eric – Erkki –would correct the teacher and say, “The name is Aho [Ah-ho]”, before agreeing to do anything else. Erkki’s father had said that they want to rob him of his identity and he must hold on to it.

Eric Aho’s grandmother came to America in 1906 from Nuoramoinen in Sysmä, Finland and his grandfather came from Tampere in 1903.

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