Richard Curtner

Word Collage Artist Richard Curtner

Richard Curtner’s artwork writes epic poetry within the visual. His word collages are created by combining hundreds of cutouts of written text all pertaining to a particular theme. He scours through hundreds of highest quality magazines searching for colors, words, and phrases. Every detail in the collage is an individual cut out. Nothing is painted on or manipulated with a computer. Everything is cut out by hand with an x-acto knife. The end result is a distinctive form of artwork in which you can see something different every time you look at it. 

His works are a green art. All the materials come from donated magazines. “People would rather donate the magazines to me than have them go to a land fill. It gives the magazines a second life.”- Curtner explains. All his figures in the artwork are faceless. This allows for a broader interpretation. People can put themselves in the pieces, or people they know. It allows for a greater connection between the viewer and the artwork.

Richard Curtner is a native Californian artist who exhibits full time throughout the United States.  His unique word collages are displayed in museums, galleries (both online and off), publication in international and domestic art magazines, books, and other media. The artist’s award-winning creations are prized worldwide by both private and public collectors.  

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Museum Exhibitions
Bellevue Museum (Bellevue, Washington)(Works also sold in the Museum Store)
Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, California)
Los Gatos Art Museum (Los Gatos, California)
San Bernardino County Art Museum (San Bernardino, California)
Boise Art Museum (Boise, Idaho)

Selected Awarded Exhibitions
Poster/Featured Artist Boulder City Art in the Park 2018, Las Vegas Area, Nevada
Best in Category (Mixed Media) TFA 2018,  Tempe, Arizona
Artist of the year 2017 recognition by Mayor of Calabasas, CA Mary Sue Maurer
Featured Artist Calabasas Fine Art Festival,  2017  Calabasas, California
Honorable Mention, St. George Art Festival 2017, St. George, Utah
First Place Mixed Media, 2016, Wells St. Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Featured Artist, Southwest Arts Festival, 2016, Indio, California
Best of Mixed Media, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, 2015, Rancho Mirage, California
Poster Artist Sausalito Art Festival 2015 (American Icon), Sausalito, California
Best of Show, Tempe Festival of Arts 2015, Tempe, Arizona
Featured Artist, Connoisseurs Marketplace, 2015, Menlo Park, California
Best of Mixed Media, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, 2014, Rancho Mirage, California
Poster Artist Tempe Festival of the Arts, 2014, Tempe, Arizona
Poster Artist Carefree 20th Annual Art Festival, 2013, Carefree, Arizona
Best of Show Kimball Arts Festival 2012, Park City, Utah
Featured Artist, Desert Arts Festival 2012, Palm Springs, California
Juror’s Award Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival, 2012, Fort Worth, Texas
Poster Artist Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival, 2011, Fort Worth, Texas
Poster Artist Southwest Arts Festival 2011, Indio, California
Poster Artist Vegas Valley Book Festival 2011, City of Las Vegas, Nevada
Poster Artist Summit Art Festival 2009, Reno, Nevada
Featured Artist Kings Mountain Art Fair 2009, Woodside, California
Best of Show Utah Arts Festival 2008, Salt Lake City, Utah
Best of Show Tempe Festival of the Arts 2008, Tempe, Arizona
Best of Show 23rd Annual Boulder City Fine Arts Festival, Boulder City, Nevada

Richard Curtner