Eric Almanza's work examines the intersection between politics, culture and identity as crafted through the lens of a Chicano painter. The objective of his work is to revise what mainstream twenty-first century American society looks like with the inclusion of both immigrant and minority populations. Almanza’s work draws inspiration from traditional history and easel painting and artists such as Jacques Louis David, Gustave Courbet, José Guadalupe Posada, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Vincent Valdez, and the band Rage Against the Machine.
Almanza holds a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, a Secondary Teaching Credential from California State Dominguez Hills and an MFA in Figurative Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. He keeps an artist’s studio in the Long Beach California.