Virginia Erdie was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, and lived on a semi-working farm for the first
14 years of her life. She was mostly isolated for these years with most time spent riding her pony
bareback and constantly catching salamanders, turtles and the like to take home as company.
She left Fairmont when she was 23 years old on scholarship to The Maryland Institute, College of
Art and graduated with a BFA in 1986. She used her scholarship money to spend two trimesters
at The Central School of Art & Design in London, England in 1984-1985. She went on to obtain
her Master's degree in Art Therapy fromThe School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.
Her biggest influences are Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Chagall, Bosch, Ernst, Gorky, and
Magritte. She saw many of their paintings while she was visiting the great galleries in London,
Washington, DC, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, St. Petersburg, Chicago and Baltimore.
Virginia exhibits frequently and has gained the attention of the more innovative Press for her
unconventional and thought-provoking imagery. Her work has e