“Her evocative plein air paintings express an intense response to observed nature, while her dynamic abstractions reflect a passionate energy and masterful sense of form.”– From Dennis Wepman, Art Curator of Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum.
Award winning artist Linda Richichi was born in Montgomery, NY. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz and years of study with many modern masters. In 1999 Richichi received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America to attend the Art Students League in New York City. Her studies continued under John Osborne in Ridgewood, NJ and Albert Handell’s mentoring program in Taos, New Mexico. She was included in the International Artist Magazine under Master Painters of the World, Pastel Showcase in the Jan. 2005 issue. In the June 2006 issue, Linda’s exhibit at the RiverWinds Gallery was critiqued favorably and written up by art critic Raymond J. Steiner, ART TIMES. The American Artist Magazine included Linda in their article about the new slower drying acrylics.
In Sept. 2006 Richichi was awarded the Best of Show Ontario Purchase Award, at the International Plein Air Painters (I.P.A.P.) Fourth Worldwide Paint Out at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The award winning painting now hangs in the Ontario, Canada City Hall.
Richichi has exhibited extensively including the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City with the Pastel Society of America, a solo exhibit at the Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum in Newburgh, NY and her work has traveled recently around the US and Canada. Linda attends several national invitational plein air events during each year. Her work is in private and corporate collections internationally. She was commissioned by Mercedes Benz Corporation and the Rowley Family Birthing Center at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY commissioned her for an entire collection. Her work is traveling with the World Tour Exhibition titled “Far and Near Horizons” which includes work of 20 Contemporary Landscape Artists selected from the International Plein Air Painters and the Landscape Artists InternationaI organizations. Richichi was the first artist – in – residence at the SUNY Orange at the Newburgh Extension in 2008.
Richichi conducts workshops in the US, Italy, Australia and Paris, France. Saatchi Gallery in London, England invited Richichi to exhibit work on their website. She is represented by ART VUE in Ramsey, NJ, Woodwalk Gallery in WI and the Icehouse Gallery in McIntosh, FL. She also shows in various galleries in the Hudson Valley Region regularly.
Past/ Present Memberships Include:
Pastel Society of America (PSA), Juried Associate member
International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), Signature Status
New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), Signature Status
Portrait Society of America, Founding member
Landscape Artists International, Charter member.
Plein Air Florida, member
Voted Best Intuitive Artist from About.com (a NY Times company)