Richard Kane is an award winning artist whose work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and private and public collections, since 1971. His paintings typically explore the expressive potential of highly illusionistic textured surfaces, a subject he has focused on since 1980. Although the paintings do “fool the eye”, as in the trompe l’oeil tradition, they are better appreciated as visual manifestations of emotions and concepts. These are expressed through the use of the elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on color, shape, composition, and balance. The initial impact on the viewer is that the paintings appear to be actually folded or wrinkled, even though they are really perfectly flat. Upon further examination, however, one can fully sense the true meanings of the works: a state of calm in one painting; the feeling of order in another; the surreal quality of a dream in still another; or the strain of conflict, in a different one. Kane’s paintings, then, grab your attention, then keep bringing you back for deeper meaning.


Hunter College of the City University of New York
Master of Arts in Art History, 1968

Hofstra University
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, 1965

Teaching Experience

Chairperson, Art and Technology Departments
Syosset Secondary Schools, Syosset, New York
1991 to 2001

Chairperson, Art and Music Departments
Richmond Hill High School, Queens, New York
1986 to 1991

Fine Arts Teacher
Washington Irving High School, New York, New York
1966 to 1986

Art History Instructor, Adjunct
Old Westbury College, State University of New York, Old Westbury, New York
1977 to 1981

Acting Chairperson, Art Department
Queensborough Community College, Queens, New York
Summer Session, 1975

Art History Lecturer, Adjunct
Queensborough Community College, Queens, New York
1970 to 1977

Art History Instructor, Adjunct
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
1969 to 1970