Ed Paschke was born in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, and died in Chicago in 2004. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a B.F.A. in 1961 and an M.F.A. in 1970.
Paschke’s works play with the traditional figure-ground relationship of painting, combining portraiture with vivid colors and detailed patterns and textures to create surreal, exoticized and eroticized images. His paintings explore themes of violence, aggression, and urban life by incorporating elements of popular culture.
Paschke’s works can be found in many major private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Art Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.