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.



"...my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance" "

--Calvin in Bill Waterson's, Calvin and Hobbes

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.

"Donagrandi's uniformity of format and composition at first glance seems a placid vehicle for visual expression, although it does create an effect of formal dignity. The framing and exhibition of each piece as an artwork to be investigated invites a superficial interpretation of it as a mere object of decor. Attention and time do however reward the perceptive. Donagrandi's studies in abstraction, like the Asian rituals of discernment, are starting points toward an appreciation of the refined interplay of color nuance. The merits of each piece are best appreciated by contemplation: like much that is pleasurable in life, their charm eludes words and logic. One stares at them in the way one examines bright sun or overcast cloud-glow on field grass -- intently and at leisure. They evoke the tremulous vision of heat on soil, and of reflection in water."

--G. Jurek Polanski, ArtScope.net



Richard is currently represented at:

Chicago Art Source

Call 773.248.3100
Call 773.248.3100

1871 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
M - F: 10-6 PM
Sat: 10-5 PM
And by appointment

Thomas Masters Gallery

Call 312-440-2333

245 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
Wednesday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Monday: closed
Tuesday: by appointment

Rococo & Taupe

Kitchen, Bath, and Interior Design
Call 650-308-9690

844 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
monday-friday 11am-5pm
saturday 10am-4pm


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