Erik Loder was born in 1933 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was educated at Bard College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt. He taught drawing, print-making and painting at a number of colleges in the United States before moving with his wife Robin Loder to Canada in 1972 to live and work. He taught numerous courses at Sir Sandford Fleming College and in the Cultural Studies department at Trent University from 1980 until his death in 1993. His work was exhibited widely in Peterborough, Toronto, the United States and in Europe.