Richard Donagrandi was born in the suburbs of Detroit in 1966. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Studio Art from Michigan State University in 1989, and moved to Chicago, Illinois shortly after.
Richard worked out of his home and focused on painting in photography in the 1990's, while he also met and fostered relationships with the publishers, editors, writers, and fellow artists that produced the city-wide publication Strong Coffee.
When Strong Coffee folded in the late 90's, Richard built a new website to showcase Chicago artists, ArtScope.net, which ran Chicago theater reviews until 2002, and art exhibit reviews until 2010, while also selling a program for artists to help maintain their artworks, contacts, exhibitions, and sales to help maintain the ArtScope website. Richard closed down the ArtScope.net website in 2019.
Richard had a dedicated studio space in the Flat Iron building in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood between 2000 and 2003, while he served on the board of the Around The Coyote Open Studio Art Fair between 1999 and 2001.
Richard currently works out of his home studio space in Chicago. His work has found homes nationwide with prominant private and corporate collections.
Richard's work mainly explores varying degrees of impermanence through the expression of color, light, and experience. He is influenced and inspired, in no particular order, by Rothko, VanGogh, Elsworth Kelly, Malevich, Laurie Anderson, Robert Morris, Caspar David Freidrich, Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Francisco Goya, Duane Michals, Georgia O'Keefe, and John Waters, among many others.
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