A Bay Area native, Eric Joyner grew up in San Mateo, California. At an early age, Eric began creating art, mostly painting and drawing, but also showed great interest in sports and reading various comics. He continued painting in high school and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco to study illustration. Under the guidance of Francis Livingston, Kazu Sano, Bill Sanchez & Robert Hunt, Eric further developed as a creative and professional, landing himself several advertising opportunities in his last semester at the Academy.
After a few stints in computer animation due to the recession in the early 1990's, Eric began featuring his work in group shows in northern California galleries. About a decade later, Eric decided to paint only what lied close to heart, that included:
San Francisco urban-scapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and—last but not least—Japanese tin (toy) robots.
Though all four series of these subjects were enjoyable to do, Eric decided to concentrate almost exclusively on the tin robots, as they resonated with audiences and provided nearly endless possibilities.
Eric found great joy in painting robots, and his style was coming along beautifully, but the work seemed to lack something, perhaps a counterpart—a nemesis. After a month or so of searching for a "nemesis", Eric had an epiphany while watching the movie Pleasantville. In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life...of donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to envision the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when he went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.