E.R. de Grey is interested in portraiture as a synthesis of experience and a means of reshaping perspectives, culture and reality. De Grey employs an interdisciplinary facet in their studio practice, through which ideas are free to find their most resonant containers. Initially known for a precise and nuanced approach to oil painting, they have most recently earned acclaim for their writing, photography and work in new medias.
De Grey has lived and worked in the American South, Chicago, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. They studied painting independently with Vincent Desiderio, Anthony Ackrill, and others after having been self-taught from twelve years of age. In 2016, during a severe illness, de Grey moved to San Francisco, California. Their subsequent work focuses on the medical-industrial complex, its interplay with the LGBTQIA+ community and social performances of gender, surveillance, and belonging.
De Grey's awards include the Guild Complex Award for Prose. Their photography can be found in journalistic outlets, most recently Teen Vogue and Them. In their community work they contribute to the accessibility and inclusion platform of XOXO, an arts and technology festival. They are a member of the writing and critique group Pseudowriters, and co-founder of Apostil.
De Grey uses 'they/them' pronouns as a means of beginning conversations around the limitations of any given binary.