Eric Z. Shapira
About the Artist
 "I have been artistic since I was a child, studying dance, piano, theater, painting and playing with clay. I took art courses in college and studied sculpture after graduate school. A car accident that left me in traction for a month had me playing with clay and I did some remarkable likenesses of my hospital mates. Subsequently, I studied Art with:
  • Every Woman's Village, Van Nuys, Ca
  • John Raymond, Sculptor, Painter, Topanga Canyon, Ca
  • Bethany College Art Department, Bethany, West VA
  • I am also a member of the Coastal Arts League;
  • The San Mateo County Arts Council;
  • and the Pacific Art League"


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Professionally, Dr. Shapira practiced Dentistry for over 30 years on the Half Moon Bay Coastside. He received his Masters degree in Clinical Gerontology from Notre Dame de Namur University, and today helps people with his Aging Mentor Services. He is an educator, and has taught courses in Healthy Aging and Successful Aging, as well as courses in Geriatric Esthetic Dentistry and Special Patient Care. Recently, Eric was the recipient of China's Humanitarian Award, the highest award given in China for humanitarian service. As a professor of Geriatric Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry, Dr. Shapira has visited China twice per year for more than 7 years, to contribute his skills and knowledge where they will be needed most.

Dr. Shapira holds an MHA (Masters in Health Administration) from the University of Phoenix. He is a past board member of the American Association of Senior Peer Counselors, a Bilingual Senior Peer Counselor for the San Mateo County Department of Mental Health and a former commissioner on the San Mateo County Commission on Aging. He is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, Consultant and Lecturer.  Eric has also made numerous humanitarian trips around the world, providing medical care through Rotary International. 

Such a well-rounded individual usually has creative outlets, and Eric is no exception.  As a self-taught artist, Eric is a member of the Coastal Arts League of Half Moon Bay, as well as a former member of the Coastal Reperatory Theatre. His sculptures have been accepted in several juried shows in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and in numerous galleries In 2012, he won Best in Show 3D in the Coastal Arts League's Annual Juried Show, for his sculpture "Montara Madonna" , and in 2013, won Best 3D in Show for his sculpture: "The Beginning" . Eric's sculptures and paintings vary from detailed to whimsical, displaying a lively interest in his surroundings.



Forest Maze

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Forest Maze





The Journey



Tahquitz Canyon


Colorful Kayaks




Shenzen, China



Desert Critter

Bronze Sculpture


Caribbean Sea





Montara Lighthouse





Buried Treasure

The Beginning