Esperanza Projects is pleased to present the work of Richard Kurtz at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, December 6-9, 2018 • Booth S-214
In Kurtz’s work seductive vixens, prize fighters, “otherly” beings and heroes occupy canvas, and found objects in vivid textural colors and bits of painted texts.
These characters and text are repeated mantras in Kurtz’s work, and serve as springboards for new beings. The new characters create a dialogue with the male
psyche and serve as a reaction to our culture’s perception of power among the sexes.
Richard Kurtz, (American b. 1955, Newark, New Jersey)
Kurtz is a self taught, contemporary artist. His youth was spent in the East Village in New York City where he became inspired to make art.
He has lived and painted in Mexico, New Mexico, Little Haiti Miami, Spain and in Southern California. His artwork is informed by his many travels,
periods of homelessness, inner investigations and fierce self-reliance. Richard Kurtz was deeply influenced by Muhammad Ali, Jean Michel Basquiat
and Purvis Young. While living in Miami, Kurtz had the opportunity to befriend the artist Purvis Young whose work became a major influence in his growth
as an artist. Kurtz also is inspired by the work of Katherine Bradford, Jean Dubuffet, Amedeo Modigliani and Keith Haring.
Traces of these influences can been seen in Kurtz’s paintings, yet his personal language and style is unmistakable.
Jennifer Esperanza, founder of Esperanza Projects, and the life partner of the artist has been working closely with him for five years.
She has helped to create balance in his life, so he can maintain a daily studio practice. In addition, she has recovered lost and stolen
art works and maintains a social media presence for him. She is bringing his work out from relative obscurity. Esperanza has curated
his work for PULSE to reflect his investigations into the magic realms of his inner life. The most intimate pieces she will be showing are
hand painted old dictionaries by Kurtz. Obsessively painted, each book is a nonlinear tale, a long poem, raw, unflinching, and psychological.
These books, like sacred texts are diaries of Richard Kurtz’s life told through the voices of characters that inhabit his universe.
The work of Richard Kurtz can be found in numerous private and public collections including, Audrey Heckler, Sophie Calle, Blake Byrne,
Maurice Renoma, The Blanchard-Hill Collection, The Museum of Everything and the de Young Museum. He has shown with Laura Steward
at the Paris and New York Outsider Fairs and with Esperanza Projects at The 2018 New York Outsider Art Fair and at Art Palm Springs.
His work has been included in such notable shows as, Faces and Figures in Self Taught Art at Vassar College and My Big Black America
at the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
For further information, please contact Jennifer Esperanza.