Working in various media, including installation, painting, photography and mosaic works, Erik A. Frandsen creates portraits of people, places, and events. Originally interested in ceramics and sculpture, in the early 1980s Frandsen moved to Copenhagen, where he founded the artist collective "Vaerkstedet Vaerst," and began to explore other media. Frandsen began creating layered, collage-like works that featured unexpected objects, such as lights and tires, superimposed onto drawings, a practice that became foundational to his work. The concept of layering, both literally and figuratively has continued to play a role in Frandsen's work, and his pieces most often contain a degree of ambiguity, evincing an aesthetic that is at once inviting and repellant.
Frandsen's work has been exhibited in solo shows at institutions such as the Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum in Beijing, the Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark, and the Danish National Gallery, and in group shows at the Stavanger Art Museum in Norway, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, and the Haifa Museum of Art, among others.