Richard Haas

Richard Haas (b. 1936) is an iconic American painter and printmaker known for his trompe l’oeil style architectural murals. He grew up in Spring Green, Wisconsin, not far from Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate. Haas’s early exposure to Wright’s masterful architecture proved to be an enormous influence on his artistic interests. Richard Haas received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MFA from the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City. He taught printmaking courses at Bennington College in Vermont for ten years before he decided to pursue a full-time career painting murals. Since 1979, he has painted over 120 murals, many of which were commissioned, at a variety of locations including the former Board of Education building in Brooklyn, the Boston Architectural Center, Chase Field, Edison Brothers Store Inc. in St. Louis, the Federal Building and Courthouse in Kansas City, and the main branch of the New York Public Library. Throughout his career, Richard Haas has also been elected a National Academician by the National Academy of Design, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a McDowell Fellow. He has received the American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor, the New York City Municipal Art Society Award, the Doris C. Freedman Award for Public Art, and the Jimmy Ernst Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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