Rich Alexander’s journey with fine art started when he met illustrator Alan Reingold while designing the September 11th  Firefighter Memorial in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

 At the time, Rich was working as a draftsman and N.Y.C. firefighter, when Alan took notice of his talent and encouraged him to pursue fine art;  Rich began by studying pencil drawings; later, he sought to explore color through oil painting, fell in love with the medium and never stoped painting.

Rich has had numerous solo and group shows, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC.

He won a number of notable awards for his work as an artist, including first place in the United States Sign Council (USSC) international design competition for a sculpture-like sign he created using aluminum and acrylic panels with LED lighting. 

 Awards

2010 USSC International Design Competition, Multi Media, First Place

2013 Gamblin Oil Paints Torret Grey, International Oil Paint Competition, Honorable Mention

2015 Lukas Oil Paints International Winter Painting Competition, 3rd Place

2015 Gamblin Oil Paints Torret Grey, International Oil Paint Competition, Honorable Mention

2017 Lorainne Minetto Memorial Award, Ridgewood Art Institute