Erica Chappuis was born in Washington DC . She began taking yearly summer courses at the Corcoran School of Art and studying with independent Washington area artists at age thirteen. In high school she was selected for a special, experimental course in portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution – the first of its kind offered by the Smithsonian.
Chappuis graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She traveled to Switzerland, where she married, and thus gained dual nationality.
Chappuis has been a practicing artist ever since, specializing in erotic and sensual subjects. She is represented in many private collections. Museum representation includes the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Erotic Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain and the collection of the Kinsey Institute for Research, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University. Her work has been featured on the PBS television programs, “Video Detroit” and “Backstage Pass”. She is listed in several books, including erotic art books, and Marquis’ “Who’s Who in American Women”.
Recently Chappuis has become interested in exploring themes of history, utilizing many layers of visual puns and references. These new paintings incorporate as many physical layers as psychic ones; she uses a wide variety of collage materials to lend corporeality and presence to her work. To some degree these newer interests have gained importance over her interest in the erotic, but never entirely.