Ernest Strauhal 許志仁 is a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco, known for his unique approach to creating meditative visuals through automatic drawing. Born in 2000 in San Francisco, Ernest draws inspiration from his environment, incorporating landscapes, gestures, and chance in his works.
His artwork process is meditative, and he does not approach his drawings to make them "good" or "beautiful." For him, drawing is an opportunity to clear his mind and find clarity amidst the overwhelming amount of information in the 21st century. However, despite his initial intentions, the finished artwork becomes an essential by-product of his meditation, representing the time and effort he puts into clearing his mind.
Strauhal's drawings may appear complex, but viewers often find themselves drawn to various portions of his artwork, following the lines and letting their minds wander. He believes that minor imperfections in his drawings manifest themselves into significant parts of the composition, and he accepts outside factors and acknowledges their significance in his work.
Strauhal has exhibited his work in various galleries across the United States, including Root Division Gallery in San Francisco, Links Hall in Chicago, soundpedro in Los Angeles, Mac Fine Arts in Emeryville, and UMA Gallery in Oakland. He holds a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts in San Francisco and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Strauhal's unique approach to creating meditative visuals through automatic drawing has earned him a growing following in the art world.