Ernie Sandidge was born in 1966 in Memphis, TN. Raised in East Tennessee he studied theater at the Minneapolis Children's Theater, later studying fine art at MCAD. After travels and study in Europe and Mexico he returned to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his B.F.A. From undergraduate school he moved on to study at the New York Studio School with Mercedes Matter, Graham Nickson and Joe Santore among other distinguished professors. He currently resides in New York where he paints his canvases and scenery for the theater and film.