About the Artist
Aden Laer whose Grandmother was French and Grandfather was German was born into an automotive family. His great uncle opened the first Packard dealership in Ohio and his father owned and operated a Ford Lincoln dealership. Aden showed signs of artistic prowess at the age of 12 when he received his first award in grammar school for a watercolor painting inspired by the Disney movie "Fantasia". Aden longed to attend Art School but it was decided by his father that he would attend business school. Subsequently he enrolled in a Business Management program at the University of Tampa. It was there that he gained his greatest inspiration at the opening of the "Salvador Dali Museum" in St Petersburg, Fla. when he met and heard a lecture from the master himself.
Aden returned to manage his fathers business but after several years felt frustrated and bored and thus began a rebellion and quest that would send him traveling the world to find fulfillment through photo-journalistic sojourns shot primarily in black and white. He maintained a studio in Ohio and managed to showcase his work by networking through friends in the fashion industry in New York. He became an avid student of photography, studying and attending artist lectures of many of the masters including Richard Avedon and Herb Ritz.
While traveling through Europe he attended art classes at both La Sorbonne and Witte de With. After being commissioned to paint for several private clients he eventually left his family’s business and moved to Palm Springs, Ca. and began to paint passionately.Using bright bold colors and retro themes his work has been a favorite of designers working in mid-century motifs. His work hangs in many public spaces on both the east and west coast and has been collected by celebrities as well. He has never forgotten his motto which is also his favourite quote from Dali: "paint for yourself,, paint what you love… the rest will follow." He divides his time between Los Angeles and Guanajuato Mexico.