Biography

Educated at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico, Richard Hickam’s photorealist paintings and colorful abstractions have been exhibited at museums and galleries across the United States. 

Bright colors and strong patterns have remained essential to Hickam’s work, and confrontation has been present in every stage of his career. From the contentious rawness of his early photorealist work, Hickam moved suddenly into abstract styles, with the visible hand of the painter, clashing colors, and visceral flatness combatting the viewers’ perceptions.  The human element has remained prominent in Hickam’s work, with many of his abstract paintings focusing on human subjects.  Hickam concentrates on common aspects in order to highlight the significance of universality. 

Hickam has exhibited widely since the 1960s, with shows at the Canton Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The subject of numerous articles and reviews, Hickam’s works are held in major collections, including the Beck Center Museum, the Richmond Museum of Art, and the Canton Museum of Art.  With a number of teaching credits, Hickam’s style continues to evolve as he continues to grow as an artist.  

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