1970 El Paso/Texas
Richard Armendariz is a prolific American painter and printmaker. Renowned for his self-developed techniques, such as carving and burning, the artist produces multi-layered images referring to cultural memory of a specific place. Raised and educated in Texas, where he still lives, Armendariz received a BFA degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio (1994-6), continuing at the University of Colorado in Boulder (1997-9). Beginning only in 1994, the artist has been featured in a number of collective and individual exhibitions, with his critical and curatorial acclaim rising throughout the North and South Americas. Some of his most important exhibitions were staged in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Collins, Museum of Art in Santiago de Chile (1998), Denver Art Museum (2004), Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin (2008), or more recently the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2013), following his residency in Berlin. Since 2010, the artist has been lecturing at the Department of Art and Art History of his alma mater, the University of Texas in San Antonio.