Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b. May 23, 1930) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker who trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH, from 1948 to 1953. After this training, he went on to study with Josef Albers (German, 1888–1976) at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, CT, from 1953 to 1955. Anuszkiewicz was one of the founders of the Op Art movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He relied heavily on Victor Vasarely (French, 1906–1997) and Bridget Riley (English, b.1931). Life magazine referred to Anuszkiewicz as "One of the new wizards of Op" in 1964.
The artist had many exhibits throughout the United States over the years, including those at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, in 1955, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH, in 1966, The Hopkins Center in Hanover, NH, in 1967, Kent State University in Kent, OH, in 1968, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL, in 1972. In 2005, he traveled to the Florence Biennale in Italy. Anuszkiewicz has received a significant number of awards for his work, including a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in 1953, the Charles of the Ritz Oil Painting Award in 1963, and the Lorenzo dei Medici Career Award at the Florence Biennale in 2005. Anuszkiewicz's work is that of experimental art; his fact-finding process uses trial to create the results.
The artist is known for creating a dramatic affect using complimentary colors and geometric shapes that are affected by the colors and lighting. One piece that is notable for this is his piece entitled Deep Magenta Square (1978). His exhibition entitled Americans 1963, which was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, illustrated this experimental style. Today, Anuszkiewicz's work is studied at universities and colleges throughout the country, including the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. The artist currently lives and works in Englewood, NJ.