My art has come full circle. As a child I was immersed in visual arts. My natural talent has earned me awards and scholarships to Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. I completely lost interest in art as I began to pursue a career in music and psychology in the early 60's. Then, 25 years later, my wife, Alice enrolled me in a clay sculpture class. From the first day onward, I began to produce figurative sculptures with ease and without reference to models or photographs.
In response to my own aging, I have focused on sculpting elderly people. My series "Naked Old Men" confronts my fears of the physical losses of old age. Another series, titled "Lovers," is touching representations of elderly couples in tender embrace. One of these sculptures is shown in an art book entitled "The Great Age" which was published by UNESCO during the United Nations International Year for Older Persons.
In 2016, inspired by my magnificent 34 year marriage to Alice, I wrote the book LOVING PROMISES: The Master Class for Creating Magnificent Relationship. I used our partnership as a living laboratory to research the elements that comprise a truly loving, magnificent relationship.
I have participated in numerous one man and group shows and I have pieces in collections throughout the United States. I was key artist in a monumental equestrian piece in a train station in Ventura County.
In 2010 I was honored as a selection of FOCUS ON THE MASTERS. My work was catalogued and archived for future generations.
I have been a member of the OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS since 1994.
I was a therapist, menís group leader, Adjunct Instructor in the California Community College system, director of a court mandated treatment program for domestic violence, and program director of a psychiatric hospital. I hold a Masters Degree in Psychology.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CREATIVE AGING - 2012
Selected as one of 10 "Beautiful Minds" in national campaign that celebrates individuals 55 and older who are keeping their minds beautiful.
TWO BOOK AWARDS - 2010 - THE ART OF AGING: CELEBRATING THE AUTHENTIC AGING SELF
Independent Publisher Book Award - (Bronze IPPY) - Nautilus Award (Silver Medal)
In 2009, the art/inspirational book, THE ART OF AGING: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self, written by Richard and Alice, and featuring their art and writing, was published by Sentient Publications.
For more information, or to purchase sculptures, contact us at TheMatzkins@gmail.com.