Richard Winkler, a Swedish artist who resides in Bali since 1997 has been painting since he was a little boy. It was his grandfather, a painter, who inspired and taught him to paint for the first time. But Richard who has always been inspired by the nature and human body has developed his very own style.
After High School, Richard moved to Stockholm and attended the Nyckelviken School of Arts where he studied visual arts. In 1990-1993 he continued to the Beckmans School of Design, reputed for its teaching of avant-garde design and photography, where he studied fine art and graphic design. There he learned how to create forms and objects with a strong visual appeal, a concept not lost in his present day work. He even skipped lessons in advertising to follow the life model drawing classes.
In 1992 Richard opened his design studio. His simple, clear-cut design soon won him contracts with some of the most famous names on the market, such as Telia, the Swedish Telecommunication Company and Posten, the national post office of the country. He was known for his originality and given great freedom to work as he wished.
In spite of the success with his design studio and several solo painting exhibitions in Stockholm Richard was searching for something more. He was dreaming of becoming a full time painter in a warm tropical country. He made several inspirational trips to Sri Lanka. "Nature has always inspired me," Richard recalls, "as a child I would collect fruits and flowers, then I made drawings them."
In the end of 1996 Richard met pen pal of 11 years for the first time in Sri Lanka. They fell in love and married each other in 1997. Richard and his Indonesian wife Regine moved to Ubud in Bali, where they lived for nearly nine years. Now with two young daughters they live nearby the beach of Sanur. Painting with the form of the human body mixed with tropical vegetation, Richard maintains his style by continously developing and elaborating the forms. He keeps the harmony of the form and nature with his poetic rhythm onto his canvases. And now he is exploring his love of the human body and its forms into three dimensional sculptures.
- 2004 Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 2001 Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 1999 Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
- 1997 Andalusiska Hunden, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1996 Lorentzon Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1996 Utbildingsradions Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1995 Lorentzon Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1995 Kammaren Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1992 Linden Gallery, Norrkoping, Sweden
- 2008 Art Singapore, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair 2008, Singapore
- 2008 Art Taipei 2008, Taipei, Taiwan
- 2007 Art Singapore, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair 2007, Singapore
- 2006 Art Singapore, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair 2006, Singapore
- 2005 Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 2005 Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 2005 Bali Biennale, Bali, Indonesia
- 2002 QB World, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 2000 Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
- 1995 Lorentzon Gallery, Visby, Sweden
- 1994 Rundetorn, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 1990 Moldau Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden