Erika Ranee Cosby is a painter by profession. She is adequately known as the oldest child of the fallen TV Icon Bill Cosby as well as his wife named Camille Cosby.
Though being born a star kid, named Erika Ranee Cosby has managed to earn a name for herself through her hard work as well as dedication to art. She mainly focuses on abstract pieces. One of her pieces was even shown at the 50th anniversary of the great Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
In fact, the Erika Ranee Cosby family caught media scrutiny after her father Bill was released in the year 2021. Her dad certainly made a series of headlines after becoming the matter of concern in several sexual assault allegations in the year 2014. Today, we will talk not only about Erika’s achievements as well as personal life but also about her family, particularly her father’s numerous sexual assault allegations. Did Erika speak after her father’s discharge? Has the star kid ever dealt with the matter? Find out here.
Early Life & Childhood- When Was Erika Ranee Cosby Born In?
Erika Ranee Cosby was born on 8th April of the year 1965 in Los Angeles, California , which is in the USA, as well as is 57 years old in the year 2022. She is the oldest child of stand-up comedian and actor named Bill Cosby as well as philanthropist Camille Cosby.
American painter Erika Ranee Cosby
Renowned painted Erika Ranee Cosby as a baby
She holds an American nationality as well as has Afro-American ethnic ancestry. Erika Ranee Cosby evolved alongside her four younger siblings- Erinn Cosby, Evin, Ennis, as well as Ensa Cosby.
Erika Ranee Cosby’s Education Details
After high school, Erika went to enroll at Wesleyan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the year 1987. After that, she got on to the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she attaineded her second degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in the year 1989.
Similarly, Erika Ranee Cosby received her Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of California, which is in Berkeley in the year 1991. Furthermore, she also followed the Skowhegan School of Painting as well as Sculpture in Maine for a nine-week summer residency course.
Erika Ranee Cosby’s Brother named Ennis Died Tragically In the year 1997
During the peak of Bill’s career with the great Cosby show, the family faced a big tragic incident. On 16th January of the year 1997, Erika’s brother named Ennis Cosby was tragically murdered during an attempted larceny.
As per official reports, Ennis was attacked as well as shot dead by a man named Mikhail Markhasev who was just 18 years old back then. During the time of the incident, Erika Ranee Cosby was riding north on Interstate 405 through the Sepulveda Pass. He had halted by Skirball Center Drive to fix a flat tire of his dark green Mercedes Benz.
As per his then-girlfriend named Stephanie Crane’s testimony, Ennis had called her and she had driven there as well as parked behind him to light the area for him. She further confirmed that a man unexpectedly seemed at her window and said ‘Open the door or I’ll harm you.’
Upon earshot that, Crane fled the location, and approximately 15 m away she heard a gunshot. She instantly drove back as well as saw Ennis shot and lying in a pool of blood.
Ennis was just 27 years old during that time. He was buried on 19th January of the year 1997 in Shelburne, which is in Massachusetts. The burial was held at their family estate.
Also, in the year 2018, tragedy stuck the Erika Ranee Cosby family once again when Ensa Cosby (then 44) died on 23rd February due to renal failure while waiting for a kidney transplant. She was also laid to rest at the Cosby estate in the place of Massachusetts also known as Ennis’ Garden.
Erika Ranee Cosby’s Artistic Achievements: Her Painting Works
As remembered above, Cosby mostly focuses on abstract pieces. As for now, she acquires an art studio in southern Brooklyn where she mostly does her artwork. She is also a benefactor of the great summer institute for A Long Walk Home. It is an art-based sexual assault awareness program in Chicago, which is in Illinois.
Furthermore, from the year 2009 to the year 2010, Erika Ranee Cosby was an AIRspace resident at the Abrons Arts Center. Not to for, she was also a recipient of a great New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.
American painter named Erika Ranee Cosby
Erika Ranee Cosby during her solo exhibition besides her Sleep on the wind piece
Erika Ranee Cosby’s work has been starred in several publications including San Fransisco Chronicle, The New York Times, as well as Artforum. Similarly, she showcased her art in Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, Klaus von Nichtsaggend Gallery, as well as at Freight+Volume as well.
Just in NYC, her work has been displayed in Bronx Museum, The Parlour Bushwick, FiveMyles, TSA Gallery, Storefront Ten Eyck, as well as The Last Brucennial to name a few.
The Fall Of A TV Icon-Erika Ranee Cosby’s Father Bill Cosby’s Imprisonment & Release
Even though allegations of sexual misconduct were filed several times against Bill for a long time, he was not substantiated guilty. Bill has been a subject of accusations of drug-facilitated sexual assault, child sexual abuse, as well as more which reportedly took place in the mid of the year 1960.
Over the past years, Erika Ranee Cosby denied the allegations and conserved his innocence at all times. Among many Cosby victims, one of them was Judith Huth, a California native who grabbed media scrutiny after filing a lawsuit against him in the year 2014.
In December of the year 2014, Huth filed a lawsuit against Cosby contending that the comedian sexually assaulted her in the Playboy Mansion back in the year 1975 when she was just 16 years old.
Though Erika Ranee Cosby didn’t deny that he socialized with Judy, he thought differently that she was underage at that time. Nonetheless, the jury ruled that he did know Huth was under the age of 18.
The Los Angeles County jury announced their verdict in her favor on 21st June of the year 2022. She received around $500k and no punitive damages. Judith Huth is one of the many women who got justice for what they went through. Whilst 60 women documented against Bill, only a few made it to the court as many of them were beyond the statute of limitations.
Following a re-trial in the year 2018, Cosby was sentenced to prison for 10 years for three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He came out of prison in the year 2021 just two years later after his conviction was reversed on a technicality by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.
Just a few hours after his release, Erika Ranee Cosby cheeped that he never changed his stance nor his story. He also thanked his fans and backers for being there for him.
How Did Erika React To Her Father’s Case?
Even after years and years of trial and lawsuits against her father, Erika has not lectured the issue publicly. While her other siblings, Ensa as well as Erinn stood up for their father defending him and phoning him innocent.
Erika Ranee Cosby Net Worth
The great successful painter is worth around $3 million as of mid-2022. She is helping as a painter for a few decades now as well as earned her fortune from her career.
Erika Ranee Cosby also earns a decent earning from art shows in different places. Between the year 2012 and the year 2013, she worked as an adjunct art professor at New York University along with other artists such as Dike Blair, Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as Huma Bhabha.
Erika Ranee Cosby’s Wild Heart of the year 2021 is listed for around $7,500 as well as Here’s The Story of the year 2014 is listed for around $8,000 on Artsy.net. There, we can see some additional of her works both sold and unsold.