About the Artist

Richard Abraham - Biography
Richard was born and raised surrounded by the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 1998 he made the decision to leave a 14 year career as a designer and animator, moving to Minneapolis to train in traditional oil painting techniques. He immersed himself in study, drawing and painting from the figure 5 days a week, refining his craft while attending The Altelier, the Bougie Studio and H&P Studios.
During this time he painted landscapes on location or “plein air” for the first time and discovered a passion for the subtlety of nature. The challenge of working outdoors consumed him and he hasn’t looked back. Seeking a connection and empathy to the places that he depicts, he scouts rural hide-a-ways to paint in Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Richard has participated in plein air events around the country including the Laguna Beach Invitational and at the Telluride Colorado Event, in 2009 was Awarded the Hiawatha Artist in Residence by the National Forest Service. His art has presented opportunities to travel the world, painting in Italy, Mexico, and Prince Edward Island to name a few. Richard is currently the president of The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, exhibits his work extensively and is represented in numerous private collections.



The Oil Painters of America

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

St. Paul Art Collective

NorthEast Minneapolis Art Association


Painting in Michigan with my niece and nephew critiquing.
Selected Awards
2014 Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association Award, Wayne Plein Air Festival
2014 Art Crawl Media Award
2013 Quick Paint Winner Grand Marais Plein Air Festival
2013 2nd Place Minnesota River Plein Air Competition 
2013 Best Collection Red Wing Plein Air Festival
2012 Art Crawl Media Award
2012 Best Collection Red Wing Plein Air Festival
2012 Artist’s Choice Red Wing Plein Air Festival
2012 Best of Show Savage Art Juried Show
2010 First Place Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air Event
2008 Best Quick Paint Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air Event
2007 People’s Choice Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air Event
Selected Exhibits
2013 Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
2013 Crossing at Carnagie, Zumbrota MN
2013 Three on the Road, Grand Hill Gallery
2012 Minneapolis Institute of Art, Art Perchance Exhibit
2012 Red Wing Plein Air
2011 Door County Plein Air Festival, Fish Creek WI
2011 Artist’s Night at The Minneapolis Club
2011  New Urban & Rural Landscapes, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
2011  The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Members Show, The FrameWorks, St. Paul Minnesota
2011  The Art of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul Minnesota
2011  The OPM Group Show, AZ Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
2010 Richard Abraham New Work from Real Life, Swan Song,  Maiden Rock Wisconsin
2010 The Oil Show II, The FrameWorks, St. Paul Minnesota
2010 12th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
2010 Fall St. Paul Art Crawl
2010 Plein Air 21, Swan Song Contemporary Arts, Maiden Rock Wisconsin
2010 Grand Marais Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, Grand Marais Minnesota
2010 Richard Abraham & Genie Casro, Kelley Gallery, Hudson Wisconsin
2010 Richard Abraham & Joshua Cunningham, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
2010 In Plain Sight, The Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington Minnesota
2010 Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl
2009 Telluride Plein Air Festival, Telluride Colorado
2009 Door County Plein Air Festival, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
2009 Hiawatha Artist in Residence, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul MN
2009 Hiawatha National Forest Art in Residence, Grand Island, Michigan
2009 Kelly Galleries Group Exhibit, Woodbury, Minnesota
2008 Art Affair, St. Paul Minnesota
2008 Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air Event, Grand Marais Minnesota
2008 Portrait of America, AZ Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
2008 Buckaroo Ball, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Janet Contursi posted an article featuring Richard on the Arts Minnesota blog

Below is a a segment from the Minnesota Originals series.