Ed Carrion was born and raised in New York City, the second of five children, born to parents of Puerto Rican and Romanian Gypsy decent. At the young age of 14, fleeing an abusive father Ed climbed through a bedroom window never to return.
After dipping and selling candles in Greenwich Village and living in a variety of “crash pads”, he began what would become a long journey hitchhiking to California. While it was a time of turmoil across the country, the days of “love and peace”, Woodstock, free concerts in Candlestick Park and the paths he crossed, greatly influenced him as a person as well as his art.
Ed’s use of mixed media, color and unique designs are reminiscent of symbolist who believed art was an expression of the emotion rather than merely a replication. Several of the artists who influenced his style were Gustav Klimt, Mucha and Toulouse Lautrec.
Music has always been at the core of Ed’s painting and designs. While well known for “table side sketching”, most of his work is done at night, usually working until dawn. During his youth, a late night DJ named Allison Steele, known as “The Nightbird”, became his companion during some of those long troublesome nights. The music she played and the poetry and thoughts she shared with NYC, coupled with Eddie’s work hours, earn his website and designs the name, “nightbirdart”.
Ed has been married to his wife Barbara for 40 years. They have three adult children, all are his inspiration.
“God has been so good to me. I am truly blessed“. Ed Carrion
Ed Carrion’s artwork has been on the cover of the Merck & Co., Inc. Annual Commemorative Employee Dinner Magazine for ten years. In addition, he has shown his artwork in galleries in Rosemont, N.J.; Union, N.J.; and in Portland, Maine.
True to his gypsy heritage, Ed loves the open road and spends his time in Maine, Maui, St. Augustine and the NYC metropolitan area.