For fifty years Richard Maitland was a professional dancer, a teacher and a choreographer. He appeared in ballet, concert, musical comedy, cabaret, television. motion pictures and on Broadway before becoming an internationally recognized artist.

Richard artwork has been interpreted as “romantic”, “mysterious”, “nostalgic” and “whimsical”. There are critics who have labeled Richard Maitland a surrealist, envisioning the art of Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte. But Richard rejected a strict surrealist label, preferring to describe his work as “romantic and at times surreal”. His paintings seem to pull the viewer out of time into a lonely, quiet, pensive and dreamlike world that is often touched with humor. Perhaps this feature inspires many to call his artwork “magical”.

Richard’s artwork appears in numerous private collections including stars of Hollywood, the theater and the opera. In 2013 Richard was named A Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association. In 2014 Richard died in his sleep at the age of 88.

 

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