Richard Ozanne (Marsh) was born May 20th 1959 in St Louis Mo.
An Internationally recognized award winning visual artist and designer. Mr Ozanne has had numerous Solo and Group exhibitions of his art across the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Japan. From the 1970's through the 90's his artistic career has included travel and research on art which has to many countries of Europe as well as the rest of the world. He visited some of the worlds most remote locations where he was influenced by art and crafts of indiginous cultures, notably the art of southeast Asia and Tibet. (He visited the newly opened territory of Tibet in 1985 with special permission, and guide of the Chinese Government during a second arts based tour of China, the first being in 1982).
Ozannes' artwork has a special stylistic character similar to Modernism and Expressionism in its motif and stylistic content. There is a duality of contexts within his work which is broad ranged in formal classical abilities that sometimes approach a painterly 19th century realism. Within his works he exposes the drama of light and shadow, color and composition as well as warm, aluring or somewhat stark and shocking contrasts of Post Modernism as well as philosophic ideas of the most contemporary display. His work is sometimes influenced by the writings of romantic and contemporary literature in Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Dostyevsky, as well as other Metaphysical and Mystic Writers.
Ozanne works in the following media: Traditional Oils, Watercolor, Pastel, Acrylics. Modified Media in Asphalt, Emulsion, Encaustic, Combined and modulated materials. Drawing, Printmaking: Lithography, Intaglio, Monotype. Hybrid Sculptural and/or Painting Material including thermoceramics,metals and Digital Electronic Media-Light/Color/Sound.
Shortly before his graduation with his BFA at the University of Arizona in 1982, he studied in Cannes France with Gustave A. Nebel, a student of Eduvard Vuillard and Professor Emeritus of the French Ecole d' Beaux Arts. (Nebel was influential because he insisted the young artist Ozanne learn from the masters and study from the masters in museums, a time honored tradition among young and old artists)
Ozanne continued his artistic research. He was invited to visit the Peoples Republic of China in 1982 and was invited to attend graduate school at the Central Academy by artist Wo Zouren. Richard Ozane had first solo exhibit was at the 'Hall of Fame Gallery' of the Memorial Union in 1982, named "Quest Through Reality". The young artist was provided with a scholarship the next year to study in New York City at the Art Students League of New York where he continued a legnthy course of study (over 4 years) with Robert Beverly Hale, David A Leffel, Thomas Fogarty and others. He exhibited was a participant in numerous shows in New York at such galleries as Nancy Stein Gallery, the Salmagundi Club, Art Students League, and through Upper West Side (NYC) Artists Coalition etc (a complete list can be supplied).
In 1984 he was prompted to continue towards his Masters Degree at Columbia University in New York while continuing to exhibit in New York.
During the years 1986-1995 he returned to Arizona and maintained a residence in Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson, where he exhibitied (in local, regional, national and international exhibitions and projects...), maintained an art studio, taught ran a gallery and moved slowly towards earning his MFA Masters of Fine Arts at Arizona State University (92)
Some Highlights of the 1980's-90:
University of Arizona, "Hall of Fame Gallery", Memorial Union 3rd Floor.
Exhibition(s) at Ariel Gallery, Broom Street New York City
Solo and Group Exhibitions in New York City, Chautauqua, Arizona, Australia, Italy, Hawaii and elsewhere
International travel and art study abroad.
Diciple Magazine, "Resurection in Art" Artical 4 pages
Manhattan International Magazine, New York City New York
Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America, An Illustrated Guide to Current Art" Directors Guild Publications, 4th and 5th Edition (1989-1991) Work on Cover of ELAA, 2 pages spread- Main entry under title Artists-Biography, Art, Modern. 20th Century- ISBN 0-940899-06-X, ISBN O899-4064 Library of Congress Washington DC Catalog Number 88-652187
CSA Gallery (Canturbury Society of Fine Art) Christchurch New Zealand Exhibition and Video for Television:
New Zealand Vision of American Painter Richard Ozanne, Sponsored by Tucson Community Cable Corporation and the Pianists Foundation of America New York City New York
Record Jacket Commissions: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Centenial (1886-1986) Recording Cover Art, VOX Cum Lauda Series- Disks-Cassette-CD, Vox Allegro, Pickwick Records
Record Jacket Commission: Slovanian Symphony Orchestra, James Johnson Dimitri Kabalevsky-Robert Mucincsky Alblum.
Invited to Russia 1980 for cultural tour sponsored by Ministry of Culture (Commissioned for a Portrait of Distinguished Late Classical Composer Dimitri Borovitch Kabalevsky and delivered by special courier in 1986)
Toured: Europe, Russia, China-Tibet, Korea etc.
After 1992 and receiving his MFA (1992) he received an immediate response to repeat his MFA Show in New York, exhibiting the following year under contract to Abney Galleries, 591 Broadway 3rd Floor. Ozanne continued on exhbiting in New York, Arizona and other cities with exhibitions and commissions. He appeared in his New York Debut Solo Exhibition in New York City at Abney Galleries. (Listed in Art News Collectors Edition, Art in America, Cover Magazine, Talk of the Town, Manhattan Arts, and ArtSpeak Magazines) Reviewed.
After an award in England " 20th Century Award for Achievement in the Arts" his art interests took him abroad. In 1995 his career took him to Central Europe where he resided in Prague Czech Republic. In Czech Republic he gave numerous exhibitions and venues in the city of Prague as well as many small towns in Central and Eastern Europe:
A few Highlights :
Assistant Professor, Foreign Lecturer, Charles University Prague CZ, Dept of AMU, FAMU- 1997-2003
ExpoCenter, Prague Czech Republic 1998-97
Jewish Art Gallery, Prague Czech Republic 1997
Contemporary Galleries of Art, Prague Czech Republic
European Arts Management, selected displays, venues and exhibits throughout Europe 1995-2003
Prague Journal of International Literature and Art, JAMA Publications Cover of Literary Magazine
Franz Kafka "Meditations" and "Fire Signs" Contemporary Art for Publisher, Ars Nova Books Prague
Solo Exhibition, "Stodola Gallery", City of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic (2000)
Appearances and art related travels all over Europe and the world:Czech, Germany, Benalux, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland etc. -India, Kashmir, Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, etc.
Richard Ozanne continued his Residence in Europe in the city of Torino Italy (04-06) living in the city of Venaria Reale, (The Versailles of Italy at the base of the Italian Alps). His studio overlooked with a 360 view of the gigantic palace in Veneria Reale) -Link Upon arrival in Italy he began exhibiting in Torino and the nearby cities of Venaria, Mappano, Torino, Gruliasco, Leini, Asti and others. He made frequent journeys around the Piemonte to Firenze, Bologna, and other cultural places as well as travailing the magnificent countryside, through the alps and into France for inspiration and exhibition.
In 2005 he was the recipiant of Grand Primo for Surrealism and Abstract art at the European International Small Format Exhibition (Piccalo Formatto 2005) via the Accademia Internazionalle Santarita (Cultural Association) and his wonderful friendship with the modern group Giallo, Rosso, Blue (GRB) which exhibited frequently around Torino. He was made an Accademic of this group and formally opened his studio to willing art students in Veneria during his residency.
In 2006 he had the honor of being elected to the 'Ordine della Michelangelo Buanarotti' as Senator after being awarded the International Grand Trophy of Art or so called 'Oscar Della Arte' at the Church of Santa Maria in Gruliasco Italy where select artists work appeared from all over the world.
Phd, Doctor of Arts and Humanities (Hon), Research Central Europe (Prague Czech Republic) 1997 Dissertation" Perceptual Phenomenon: Color and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
MFA Masters of Fine Arts, Arizona State University (1989-92)
Columbia University Graduate School , City of New York, New York City New York (1984-86)
Art Students League of New York, New York City New York (1983-86)
Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua New York (1968-86)
BFA University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona (1978-82)
Studied with: David A Leffel, Thomas Fogarty, Revington Arthur, Richard Pousette d'Art, Arthur Hutchinson (Medical Illustration) Ted Seth Jacobs, Dr. Earl Linderman, Willson Stamper, Fredrick Macetanz.
Study in France: Gustave A. Nebel, Ecole Superior d' Beaux Arts, (Professor Emeritus)
Special Studies in Music:
University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona (Minor)
Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua New York
Private Piano Study (1963-88)
Selection of Art- Biography and Art Printed for viewing- Library Collections such Library of Congress Etc.:
Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America 1989/90-91
Manhattan Arts International
Art in America-Art News
Whos Who Among Raising Americans, Marquise Whos Who in Arts and Business (1989)
5000 Personalities of the World, American B. 1993
First Five Hundred Biography (1994) IBC Cambridge, 1994-Full Page
Five Hundred Leaders of Influence, American B 1995
Millennium Hall of Fame, American B. (1997) World First Edition (3 Pages)
International Who'w Who of Intellectuals, IBC Cambridge UK 1997
Whos Who of Professionals, Gibralter Who'w Who' (Whos Who Historical Society) US 2001
Who's Who in American Art
"Commenduci", Italian Art Dictionary (Europe)
Leading Intellectuals of the World, 2001/2004 Editions