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RICHARD STANKIEWICZ BIO

 1922–1983 

Richard Stankiewicz was an American sculptor, known for his work in scrap metal, native of Philadelphia, but spent his formative years in Detroit. He began painting and sculpting while in the United States Navy, serving from 1941 to 1947. In 1948 & 1949, he studied in New York City with Hans Hofmann. Following this very important stage in his early influences, he went to Paris from 1950-51 to study with Fernand Léger and Ossip Zadkine. 

 

Upon his return to New York, Stankiewicz joined the cooperative Hansa Gallery where he exhibited there until the late 1950s, and subsequently moving to the Stable Gallery in 1959. In 1962 he left New York for a quieter existence in Huntington, Massachusetts. Stankiewicz continued to exhibit successfully in an international level until his death in 1983. 

 

Today, Stankiewicz's sculptures can be seen prestigious and important in museum collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center.