Brett Eric Osborn was born in Lima, Ohio in 1963. Both his father and cousin are artists and influenced the young Osborn during his formative years. Brett recalls being a child in a-Friday-night-smoked-filled-room where his father and friends would congregate and look at slides of contemporary work. His father worked as a painter and a designer. His father’s familiar designs include the Grey Hound Bus and Circle K logos.
Brett studied painting, film and theater at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He supported himself working in professional theater as a set builder, in television as an art director and after moving to Southern California in 1987, worked in Hollywood as a special effects miniature artist. Notable films include, Star Trek IV, Karate Kid III and Darkman. Because of the inconstancy of work in the film industry Brett Eric Osborn was able to paint during lulls between “gigs” and was offered his first solo show in 1988.
In 1991 Brett Eric Osborn entered graduate school at California State University Long Beach where he received his MFA degree in Painting. After graduating Brett Eric Osborn moved to a Los Angeles studio and began painting full time. He achieved recognition by being selected for publication in New American Paintings No. 19 in October 1998. Soon after, he accepted representation by Olga Dollar Gallery in San Francisco, Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, and Lyman Eyer Gallery in Boston.
In November 2000, Brett Eric Osborn was the featured emerging artist in Art and Antiques Magazine. Also in 2000 he began teaching as an adjunct professor throughout Southern California.
In 2003, Brett Eric Osborn accepted a full-time position at The Savannah College of Art and Design. He now serves as the Dean of the School of Fine Arts in Atlanta, GA.