Richard Schmid was born in Chicago in 1934. His initial training in landscape painting began at the age of 12 with Gianni Cilfone. Subsequent studies in anatomy and drawing allowed his entrance into the American Academy of Art (Chicago), where he continued into the full range of classical techniques under William H. Mosby. Mosby, a graduate of the Superior Institute in Antwerp, was an expert on European and American realism. Schmid’s studies with him involved working exclusively from life.
Throughout his career, Schmid has promoted art education through his books, articles, and workshops. He holds a Doctorate in Fine Art and is a recipient of the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Portrait Society of America, among other honors. Schmid will be presented with a Living Legend Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 American Masters exhibition at the Salmagundi Club.
Since the publication of his landmark book The Landscapes in 2009, Schmid has been involved in two major projects. The first was a painting of Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, which won a viewing and praise from HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The second project, started in 2011, was an expanded edition of his acclaimed ALLA PRIMA book titled ALLA PRIMA II, completed in 2013 and now in its second printing. Exhibitions of Schmid’s art have been mounted at the National Academy of Science (on Cape Cod) and Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA).
Throughout his career, Schmid has been a candid spokesman for what is known as the Grand Manner — a certain mingling of virtuosity and unrestrained joy in art. Schmid continues to paint and write with his wife, the artist Nancy Guzik, in their New England home.
Schmid is represented by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art (Colorado Springs, CO).