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Richard Lewis

Taki (The Boxer) | 48″ x 48″ | Oil on canvas | 2001

Artist Statement

Richard Lewis was born in Detroit in 1966. He started drawing when he was four. When he was 10, his godmother told him to study his family and go into the next room and draw. That started him looking at faces. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1985. He earned his B.F.A. from College for Creative Studies and his Master’s degree from Yale School of Art. He came back to Detroit, drove a cab and taught African American art history. He moved to NYC in 1995 to be an artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. He did a residency at Henry Street Settlement the following year, and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art two years after that. He moved back home to Detroit in 2002. In 2011 he was awarded a Kresge Foundation Fellowship. He continues his commitment to his art to this day.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
College For Creative Studies
Galerie Camille

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.