Educated at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico, Richard Hickam creates photorealist paintings with colorful abstractions that 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, he moved into abstract styles, with the visible hand of the painter, clashing colors, and visceral flatness, combatting viewers’ perceptions. The human element has remained prominent in Hickam’s work, with many of his paintings focusing on human subjects. He concentrates on common aspects of the human condition 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 Gallery of Fine Arts, the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The subject of numerous articles and reviews, His works are held in major collections, including the Beck Center Museum, the Richmond Museum of Art, and the Canton Museum of Art. Hickam’s style continues to evolve as he strives to grow as an artist.