Elijah River Dion was born and raised in the urban areas of Southern New Hampshire. Elijah moved to Portland, Maine in 2015 to grow away from the hardships he faced back home, and decided to pursue a life in the arts, focusing on the medium of oil painting.
Elijah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting with Honors and two Minor Degrees in Art History and Drawing from the Maine College of Art in 2019. Elijah currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to create.
"I create paintings in the lineage of history painting morphed through a postmodern context. The dramatic subjects within my paintings remain intentionally ambiguous, creating a desire within the viewer for explanation while refusing to provide it. "
"These moments of nothingness, of not-happenings, are created in a painterly realism which expose the myth of certainty and purpose by exalting the boredom of existence, and through the slow methodical act of painting, asserting these experiences as worthy of being painted."