John Erkel was born in 1945 in Budapest, Hungary. He now lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and became a Canadian citizen in 1965. After attending the Illinois Institute of Design in Chicago, Erkel became an interior designer and a self-taught artist. He has taken some welding courses which speak to his work with metal. He has worked in silkscreen, mixed media painting as well as plastic and metal sculpture and reliefs since 1972.
Erkel’s work has shown in group and solo shows throughout Canada and parts of Europe.