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Richard H. Wagner grew up with art. His mother was a professional artist and his father was an amateur artist. Further artistic training has included classes at the Art Students League, the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery in London. Examples of his work are included in private collections and in the Law Library at Pace University.
"My works are not wed to any one style or medium. Rather, they engage and debate the past thus challenging the future."
Many of his works focus on people either in portraits or figures. The objective is to express the energy of the person depicted and to communicate the emotional atmosphere of a moment in time.
"I explore emotions through visual analogies. Often this is a focus on the transitory yet enduring image of the individual. However, there is also communication in the juxtaposition of individuals and society. Still others observe the absence of humanity."
Mr. Wagner has degrees from Cornell University, Iona College and Pace University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in England. In addition to his art work, Mr. Wagner is a writer and has written more than a thousand articles published in print or online including more than 50 biographical profiles of major artists (See Artist Biographies). He also was a practicing attorney for 20 years.