Printmaker and Painter - is a well-recognized urban artist, who became famous for his illusionistic murals painted on buildings. He was born in Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1936 and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then the University of Minnesota. He has had over seventy single artist exhibitions over his career and is in the collection of over 40 museums worldwide.
Richard enrolled at Wisconsin State College (later, University of Wisconsin) in 1954 and began taking classes in architecture. During the summers of 1955 and 1956 he worked with his uncle who was the master stonemason at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Studio in Spring Green. Richard changed his major to art education and began making prints studying under Robert Von Neuman.
In 1961 Richard went to the University of Minnesota for his MFA. He had been chosen to be Malcolm Myers' studio assistant in printmaking at the university. He completed a series of prints and in 1962 he completed a series of Famous Heads - the basis of his first single artist exhibition. He graduated in 1964 and accepted a teaching position at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. In 1966-67 he created a group of three-dimensional dioramas of artists in their studios. These boxes would lead to the SoHo (Cast-Iron District) street dioramas of the early 1970's. A departure from his earlier work to urban-based images. His first building facade was the Haughwout Building, a drypoint in 1970. His interest in buildings and the architecture of the city became his backdrop for his art.
Because of his interest in the city and his three-dimensional dioramas, he began using trompe l'oeil techniques in the 1970's His first interior mural was painted in his studio in 1974-75, showing a formal room in an industrial loft. In 1975 he completed his first exterior mural on 112 Prince Street carrying the style of the building's facade around the entire building. He has since done exterior and interior mural projects all across the United States.
Several books have been written on Richard Haas's work.
The Prints of Richard Haas: A Catalogue Raisonne, 1970-2004. Marilyn S. Kushner. Published by John Szoke Editions, NY, 2005. To purchase this book CLICK HERE
Richard Haas: The City is My Canvas. Beth Dunlop. Published by John Szoke Editions, NY, 2001.
Richard Haas: An Architecture of Illusion. Paul Goldberger. Rizzoli International Publications, NY, 1981.