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Biography

          A native of Manhasset, Long Island, this former Marine and retired Chairman of Boars Head Provisions in Brooklyn, New York, explored his growing interest in art, painting with oils and sculpting wood in his spare time. In 1983, Richard Stravitz moved to Richmond, Virginia and took early retirement in 1990 to pursue his lifelong love of art and sculpting full-time. These days, he has the joy of devoting himself to creating marvelous bronze pieces with the technique used by the sculptors of ancient Rome, the "Lost Wax" technique.

          Employing the "lost wax" technique, Stravitz begins each of his works with wire and clay. After undergoing a few subsequent steps, part alchemy and part foundry, the wax takes the place of the clay ("lost wax").  Next, it's melted away inside a ceramic form into which the molten bronze is finally poured, allowed to harden and released into its final state.

          Each of Dick's pieces remain true to their subject with muscle and sinew realistically wrought, magically revealed; the soul of the subject emerges as well.  A compliment to his ability to capture motion and detail, Richard Stravitz is widely recognized for his distinctive ability to sculpt emotion.

          Richard Stravitz's sculptures are displayed nationally and internationally. Throughout the U.S., many of his works are in prestigious settings including the Supreme Court Building of Virginia, the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, the John Marshall House in Richmond, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and many more. In 2010, Richard was commissioned to create a life-size bronze sculpture, called Anticipation, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to honor Josh Thompson and his battle to beat Amyotrophic Laterlal Sclerosis (ALS). Since then, Richard has been very dedicated in supporting research for the cure to ALS.

        Working primarily in bronze, Richard has studied at the following   schools/studios: 

  • Virginia Commonwealth University under Joseph Seiple

  • University of Richmond under Mark Rhodes

  • The Martine Vaugel of Vaugel Sculpture Studio, Loire, France

  • The Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, Colorado with Bruno Luccesi, Blair Boswell, and Peter Bruno

  • Richard MacDonald Sculpture Studio in Carmel, CA                                                                 
  • Recent commissions include sculptures created for:

    • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

    • Eppington Museum, Chesterfield County, VA

    • The Gateway Foundation, Richmond, VA

    • University of Mary Washington

    • Louisiana State University at Shreveport, LA

    • Benedictine High School, Richmond, VA

    • The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Portsmouth, VA

    • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

    • The US Naval Acadamy, Annapolis, MD

    • The City of Virginia Beach, VA

    • Kempsville PONY Baseball, Virginia Beach, VA

    • The Sidney Kellam Office Building, Virginia Beach, VA                   

 

      Recognition and Awards include:

  • The Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show "Best Sculpture"

  • International Olympic Committee 2004 and 2008 Summer Games Sports Artist Contest, runner up for sculpture

  • By Special Invitation, an exhibition at the prestigious National Sculpture Society, NY, NY

  • National Art Museum of Sport 2011 Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition and Exhibit, Silver Medal for sculpture.

  • National Art Museum of Sport 2012 Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition and Exhibit, Silver Medal for sculpture.

  • National Art Museum of Sport 2014 Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport. A Fine Art Competition and Exhibit, Best in Show for "V-Seat" sculpture.

  • Selected as Artist of the Month for the National Art Museum of Sport, December, 2015.

 

       In 2007, Richard decided to open a gallery on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, VA so he could showcase his talent while helping to support local artists here in the Hampton Roads area do the same.  His studio is downstairs in the gallery so you can see the Master Sculptor at work. In 2012, he decided to open a second gallery one block from the ocean on the corner of 30th Street & Pacific Avenue.  As often said by many, this Gallery brings a "So Ho" feel to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront area with it's high ceilings and chrome industrial piping.  You can visit & shop the art of our talented artists here.

                                                        Laskin Road Gallery                                                     

                  (1217 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451  Phone: 757-305-9411)

       30th Street & Pacific Ave Gallery    

(3004 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451  Phone: 757-961-7509)