Born and reared in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Eric Edwards has spent more than five decades curating one of the greatest private collections of African art in the world. Critical in his mission to educate others about the richness and vibrant truths of African culture, the septuagenarian has acquired more than 2,500 artifacts. His collection includes art, ceremonial pieces, instruments, statues, masks and weaponry.
His pieces have been acquired from his professional and personal travels, private sales, auctions and relationships with artists, artisans, gallery owners and even royal families throughout Africa. Among these items is a one-of-a-kind, palace drum of Nigeria that is valued at an estimated $1 million. Some of his pieces have been exhibited in prestigious cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.