Erik Wahl Speaker

Erik Wahl

Creative genius combines art with business to inspire others

Erik Wahl: Biography highlights

A creative genius who combines art with business to inspire others and to make the world a better place.

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Full biography of Erik Wahl

  • Graffiti artist
  • Author
  • Entrepreneur
  • Philanthropist
  • Sought after speaker

Erik Wahl’s Speaking Style

  • Amusing, enthusiastic, informal and interactive

Erik Wahl’s passion for his work is evident in his speaking. He is able to share his knowledge and experiences in a warm and approachable way, allowing him to inspire people from all walks of life.

Erik Wahl is an artist and entrepreneur whose early corporate career taught him the importance of creativity in business. He is now a world famous artist, speaker and philanthropist.

Early Potential

Surprisingly, Erik Wahls artistic ability did not impress all who knew him from a young age. In fact, a teacher advised him that he was lacking in talent and that pursuing art would not be worthwhile. Instead, Erik concentrated on other studies, graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors degree in art and business and went on to work in a steady office job, eventually becoming a partner in the firm he worked for.

Despite his ability and success in his job, Erik felt that he was wasting his creative side. After ten years of hard work, he found himself going through a bad patch and it was during this time that he turned to art. He began experimenting with art as a way of expressing himself, writing and creating pictures with a variety of mediums. He found himself seeking the company of like-minded people and spent much of his time with the art community.

Art and Business

Inspired by the way in which graffiti art freed artists from the conventional ties of canvas and studios, Erik began to experiment with spray cans and novel locations, finding ways for his art to grow, inspire and amaze others. Recently, he began an art drop, visiting cities around the world and hiding one of his paintings somewhere in them. He then posts clues about where the works can be found, creating a treasure hunt for art lovers the world over.

Erik’s experience in the business world allowed him to see new ways in which to make art both a passion and a way of living. Using his intense creativity and his business acumen, Erik and his wife Tasha founded The Art of Vision, part of The Wahl Group, with the aim of assisting companies to allow employees to utilise their unexplored potential and to investigate their artistic side, increasing productivity and innovation through breakthrough thinking.

His work as a speaker for The Art of Vision has seen him become a sought after speaker, one who is considered truly inspirational. He wants to assist creative people whose thinking is shackled by their day jobs to shine, using their ability to make a better work experience for themselves and their employers. He clients have included Disney, Microsoft, FedEx, Frito Lay, Ernst & Young and many more.

Charitable Work

Erik enjoys art and working to inspire businesses, but he also donates considerable amount of time and money to charitable causes. He has managed to raise over $1,500,000 for charities through art events of varying kinds and by auctioning some of his works.


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Keynote Speaker | Erik Wahl
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The Art of Breakthrough Thinking | Erik Wahl
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Artist & Author, UNthink | Erik Wahl
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Regaining childhood creativity in adult life | Erik Wahl | WOBI
Regaining childhood creativity in adult life | Erik Wahl | WOBI
Grand Canyon University

Erik transforms the stage and created an epic audience experience'

NCR company

'Erik's presentation was one of the highlights of our three day conference for financial institutions! People were not just inspired, they were challenged to look at things differently, which I believe will make a positive impact on the financial service's industry. Erik and his entire team were wonderful to work with and I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him to others!'

Gwen Peters
Senior Event Manager, Digital Insight
Association for Talent Development

'Erik's keynote set our twitter feed on fire. His revolutionary show gave our attendees an experience they won't soon forget'


'Erik Wahl was the highlight of our entire conference. He captured everyone's imagination with his creativity and added a whole new dimension to the usual motivational message. Not to mention his artistic finale was a complete knockout!'

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