Eric Telfort

Eric Telfort was born to Haitian immigrants in Little Haiti, Miami, FL. He followed a long and tumultuous path before earning his BFA in illustration from RISD and his MFA in drawing, painting and sculpture from the New York Academy of Art. Telfort has lectured throughout the northeastern US and internationally – in Zimbabwe, where he was a 2010 VIA Artist in Residence – and creates work exploring the concept of creativity in poverty.

Telfort currently lives in Rhode Island, where he teaches drawing and digital illustration at RISD.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • ILLUS-2012-07 Drawing I: Visualizing Space
  • ILLUS-8900-03 ISP Major
  • ILLUS-3306-01 Intermediate Digital Illustration
  • ILLUS-2024-05 Painting I: Color Perception and Expression

Spring 2019 Courses

  • ILLUS-3936-01 Character Creation
  • ILLUS-2028-07 Painting II: Observation and Imagination
  • ILLUS-4012-02 Senior Portfolio
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design