Richard Haas (American, b.1936) is a practitioner of the trompe l'oeil artistic style, a technique that uses realistic images in a way that tricks the eye into perceiving the painting in three dimensions. Haas has painted hundreds of murals that incorporate trompe l'oeil methods in the depiction of the architectural features of the building. He was born in Spring Greene but grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor in Art. Instructors for his courses included Joseph Friebert (American, 1908–2002) and Robert Von Neuman (German, 1888–1976).

Haas returned to his birthplace to work as a helper for his stonemason uncle, and he had an opportunity to view the work of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). He spent several years as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan before he moved to New York City in 1968. Haas spent 10 years teaching at Vermont's Bennington College, splitting his time between the school and New York. Haas worked for many years as an Abstract painter who used traditional canvas media. He later developed an interest in drawing and etching the details of late 19th century and early 20th century New York City buildings.

The artist’s first outdoor mural, a commission to paint the cast iron façade at the corner of Prince Street and Greene Street, was completed in 1975. His other notable murals include Fort Worth, Texas' Homage to Chisholm Trail, Gateway to the Waterfront in Yonkers, and Michigan's The Dwelling Place. Haas’s awards include the 1983 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2003 Westchester Arts Council Artist Award, and the 2005 Jimmy Ernst Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hass's murals were the subject of the 1989 documentary film Painting the Town: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas. He wrote The City is My Canvas and Richard Haas: An Architecture of Illusion. Many famed museums hold examples of Hass's work in their collections, including Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian Institution, New York's Museum of Modern Art, and Massachusetts's Boston Museum of Fine Art. Haas still lives in New York City, but he often travels to paint commissioned murals.

Timeline

1977
New York City Municipal Art Society Award
1977
American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor
1983
Guggenheim Fellowship
1987
National Endowment for the Arts
1989
Doris C. Freedman Award
1991
Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Wisconsin
2003
MacDowell Fellows, Peterborough, NH
2003
Westchester Arts Council, Individual Artist Award, NY
2003
Yonkers Friends of the Arts, Public Art Honoree
2005
Jimmy Ernst Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY

Exhibitions

2006
Richard Haas’ drawings and maquettes for Windows to the Past, The Arts Exchange, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Haas: Murals, The Original Maquettes for the New York Public Library, New York, David Findlay Jr., New York, NY (solo)
2006
David Findlay Jr. Salutes the National Academy, David Findlay Jr., New York, NY
2006
Got Cow? Cattle in American Art, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2006
Italia, The National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2006
Professional Painters’ Exhibition, The Century Association. New York, NY
2005
Disegno, 180th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Fine Arts, New York, NY
2005
The City: Contemporary Views of the Built Environment, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2005
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2005
City Art: New York's Percent For Art Program, Center for Architecture, New York, NY
2005
Paint on Metal, Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2005
Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN (solo)
2005
Kunsthandel Elizabeth Michitsch, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2005
Looking Back and Moving Forward: Success in the Making, Regis Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2004
Before and After: Imagining Public Art in Westchester, Westchester Arts Council, Westchester, NY
2004
Centurions by Centurions, The Century Association, New York, NY
2004
Chicago Images, Frederick Baker Inc., Chicago, IL; New York, NY
2004
Richard Haas, Recent Painting, David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2003
New York, New York, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, NYC
2003
The Drawing Show, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, New York, NY
2003
Modern Shadows, The Painting Center, New York, NY
2003
On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2003
I Love New York, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Richard Haas: Three Decades of Paintings, Prints and Works on Paper, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2001
New York Day and Night, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
2000
Trompe l'oeil Architectural Façades, Southern Alleghenies Museum, Loretto, PA (solo)
2000
Richard Haas, A Print Survey 1971-2000, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2000
Open Air Sketching, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2000
14 Contemporary Realists, Recent works on Paper, David Findlay Jr Contemporary, New York, NY
2000
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1999
Professional Painter's Exhibition, The Century Association, New York, NY
1999
Contemporary American Realist Drawings from the Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1999
Works on Paper: A Riverhouse Retrospective, Steamboat Springs, CO
1999
The Annual Professional Painters' Exhibition, The Century Association, NY
1999
174th Annual Exhibition, The National Academy, New York, NY
1999
Private Visions: Works on Paper, David Findlay Jr Contemporary, New York, NY
1999
Paintings, Prints and Drawings of Richard Haas, Hudson River Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, New York, NY (solo)
1998–1999
Vertigo, New York Studio School, New York, NY, "World Views" from The World Trade Center Towers sponsored by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
1998–1999
Getting From Here to There, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1998
The Annual Professional Painter's Exhibition, The Century Association , New York, NY
1998
Planning Place, Models, Maquettes and Drawings of Major St. Louis Public Artworks, Gallery 210, Lucas Hall, St. Louis, MO
1998
Gateway to the Waterfront, The Richard Haas Exhibition, Art on Main Street, Yonkers, NY
1998
National Academy Faculty Exhibition, New York, NY
1997
Richard Haas: Maquettes and Proposals, Art on Main Street, Yonkers, NY (solo)
1997
Richard Haas, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV (solo)
1997
Group Exhibition, Mira Mar Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1997
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1997
Lower Manhattan: Fact and Fantasy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
1997
Origins, Art on Main Street, Yonkers, NY
1997
The Annual Professional Painters Exhibition, The Century Association, New York, NY
1996
Richard Haas: Projects and Prints, Marsha Orr Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL (solo)
1996
New York Past and Present: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and an Installation by Richard Haas, The Century Association, New York, NY (solo)
1995
The City: New York Visions 1900-1995, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
1995
Art + Architecture = Miami Center of Contemporary Art , Miami, FL
1993
The Brooklyn Bridge, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY
1993
In Progress: The Long Beach Public Art, Project The Hippodrome Galleries, Long Beach, CA
1992
Richard Haas: Drawings, Paintings and Prints, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (solo)
1992
Richard Haas: Print Survey 1970-1991, Miramar Gallery, Sarasota, FL (solo)
1992
Richard Haas: Prints & Models, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (solo)
1992
The Printed Image, The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
1992
Academy Institute Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1992
Trompe I'Oeil, Kavesh Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1992
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1991
Directly on and Off the Wall, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach, FL
1991
Height x Length x Width: Contemporary Sculpture from the Weatherspoon Collection, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
1991
Selections from the Collection of Bennington College, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
1990
Richard Haas: Architectural Projects & Architectural Facades 1976-86, Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, IL (solo)
1990
Mixed-Use District, The Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Regarding Art: Artworks About Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
1990
The Trick, Visual Circus Execution Committee, Matsuya Ginza, Nagoya,Toyama, Osaka, Okayama, Japan.
1989
The Trick, Visual Circus Execution Committee, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Sapporo, Chiba; Morioka, Japan
1989
Miniature Environments: Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
1989
The Private Work of Public Artists, Security Pacific Corporation Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
1989
Contemporary Scenes of New York, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1989
Coming of Age: Twenty-One Years of Collecting by the Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1989
Richard Haas: Architectural Projects 1974-1988, Brooke Alexander, NY (solo)
1988
Architectural Art Affirming the Design Relationship, The American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1988
Private Works for Public Spaces: Drawings, Maquettes and Documentation for Unrealized Public Artworks, R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York, NY
1988
The World is Round: Contemporary Panoramas, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Traveled to Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton; The Arts and Science Center, Nashua, NH; Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY, College Art Gallery, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
1987
Wallworks: Richard Haas, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (solo)
1987
Realism Today: American Drawings from the Rita Rich Collection, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1986
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of NC, Greensboro, NC
1986
Selections from the Bequest of Nancy Hanks, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
1986
The Statue of Liberty: A Contemporary View, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
1986
Watercolor U.S.A., 1986: The Monumental Image, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1986
Interiors and Exteriors: Contemporary Realist Prints, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1986
Public Art Process: An Exhibition of Drawings, Models and Photographs, Metro Dade Art in Public Places Collection 1973-85, North Miami Museum, FL
1986
Richard Haas: Projects, Gallery at the Old Post Office, Dayton, OH (solo)
1985
Richard Haas: Selected Prints, Giffels Associates, Inc., Southfield, MI (solo)
1985
Richard Haas: Architect of Illusion, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (solo)
1985
Richard Haas: Works on Paper, Brooks Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1985
American Realism: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1985
Tamarind: 25 Years 1960-1985, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1985
Looking at Architecture - 3 Perspectives, Saginaw Art Museum, MI
1984
From the Beginning, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, NY
1984
Meta Manhattan, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1984
50 Years of Fine Prints, Associated American Artists, NY
1984
Images et Imaginaires d'Architecture, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1984
Projects: World's Fairs, Waterfronts, Parks and Plazas, Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, IL
1984
Collaborating: Changing Concepts Through Art and Architecture, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Houston, TX
1984
Prints of New York City, Associated American Artists, NY
1984
Site & Solutions: Recent Public Art, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
1984
Site & Solutions: Recent Public Art, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
1984
Painters at U.C. Davis Part II 1970s-1980s, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis
1984
50 Artists/50 States, Fuller Golden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984
Richard Haas: Currents 27, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1984
Richard Haas: Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN (solo)
1984
Richard Haas: Art and Architecture, The Gallery at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (solo)
1984
Richard Haas, Huntington Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN (solo)
1983
Richard Haas: Recent Projects, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1983
Richard Haas, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA (solo)
1983
The Master Print, America Since 1960, Associated American Artists, Philadelphia. PA & New York, NY
1983
Architecture in Contemporary Prints Pratt Graphics, New York, NY
1983
Brooklyn Bridge Show, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1983
Urban Documents: 20th Century American Prints, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
1983
Faces Since the '50s: A Generation of American Portraiture, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
1983
Ornamentalism: The New Decorative in Architecture and Design, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Traveled to Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC, and Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
1983
Faculty and Critics of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1983
The Architectural Impulse, Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ
1982–1983
Drawings from the Davidson Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA & The Art Institute of Chicago
1982
Richard Haas: An Architecture of Illusion, The Octagon, The American Institute of Architects Foundation, Washington, DC (solo)
1982
Four Rooms: An Installation, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1982
Four Rooms: An Installation, Young-Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1982
Decorative Screens by Renowned Architects, Rizzoli Gallery, NY
1982
The Column: Structure and Ornament, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
1982
Lower Manhattan from Street to Sky, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
1981–1982
The Architecture of Illusion, The Urban Center Municipal Art Society, New York, NY (solo)
1981
Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Traveled to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
1981
Collaboration: Artists & Architects, Organized by the Architectural League of New York. Traveled to New York Historical Society, New York, NY; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX; Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA; The Lowe Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL; University Art Museum, Austin, TX; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1981
Views Over America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1981
Rooms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1981
Recent Acquisitions: Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1981
The Landscape - A Point of View, Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1981
Inner/Urban, Organized by the Ohio Foundation on the Arts. Traveled to First Street Forum, St. Louis, MO; Tangemam Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1981
Prints of New York: Contemporary Images from the Printmaking Workshop, Museum of The City of New York, Ground Gallery, NY
1981
LaSalle Towers Project, Young-Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1981
Richard Haas: Proposals and Projects 1974-1981, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis (solo)
1981
Watercolors, Lithographs, Etchings & Aquatints by Richard Haas, Swain's Art Store, Plainfield, NJ (solo)
1980
City Views, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1980
Richard Haas: Architectural Façades, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (solo)
1980
American Drawing in Black and White, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
1980
Realism/Photorealism, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK
1979
Reality of Illusion, Denver Art Museum and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1979
The 1970s: New American Painting, The New Museum, New York, NY
1979
43rd Annual Midyear Show, Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH
1979
The Elusive Image, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1979
Richard Haas, Young-Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1978
Richard Haas, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany (solo)
1978
Richard Haas, Quincy College, Quincy, IL (solo)
1978
Brooke Alexander A Decade of Print Publishing, Boston University Art Gallery, MA
1978
Decoration in the 20th Century, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
1977
Selected Prints 1960-1977, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
1977
25th National Exhibition of Prints, Library of Congress, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC
1977
New York on Paper, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1977
Art Voices, Architecture Voices, Design Voices, University of Illinois, College of Art and Architecture, Chicago, IL
1977
Recent Works on Paper by American Artists, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1977
Drawings of the 70s, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1977
Drawings of the 70s, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1977
Drawings of the 70s, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1977
Richard Haas Goes Southern, Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
1977
Richard Haas, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1977
Richard Haas, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1976
Richard Haas: 'In Philadelphia’, Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1976
Trompe I'Oeil, Prints and Boxes, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA (solo)
1976
Bicentennial Exhibition, Commissioned by the Department of Interior. Traveled to Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1976
Thirty Years of American Printmaking Including the 20th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
1976
Two Hundred Years of American Drawing, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1976
Bicentennial Exhibition, Commissioned by the Department of Interior. Traveled to Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1976
Thirty Years of American Printmaking Including the 20th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
1976
Two Hundred Years of American Drawing, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1976
Bicentennial Exhibition, Commissioned by the Department of Interior. Traveled to Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1976
Thirty Years of American Printmaking Including the 20th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
1976
Two Hundred Years of American Drawing, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1975
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1975
Works on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1975
Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition, Davidson, NC
1975
Contemporary Images in Watercolor, The Akron Art Institute, OH
1975
Project Rebuild, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1975
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1975
Works on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1975
Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition, Davidson, NC
1975
Contemporary Images in Watercolor, The Akron Art Institute, OH
1975
Project Rebuild, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1975
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1975
Works on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1975
Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition, Davidson, NC
1975
Contemporary Images in Watercolor, The Akron Art Institute, OH
1975
Project Rebuild, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1975
Richard Haas, Harcus-Krakow-Rosen-Sonnabend Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
1975
Richard Haas, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1974
Richard Haas, Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1974
Richard Haas, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1974
Richard Haas, Bennington College, VT (solo)
1974
19th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1974
19th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1974
19th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1974
New York, NY, Associated American Artists, NY
1973
Hand colored Prints, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
1973
Eight Contemporary Artists, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
1973
American Drawing 1970-73, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1973
Richard Haas, Boston University, Boston, MA (solo)
1973
Richard Haas/Study Drawings and Prints, Tyler University, Tyler, TX (solo)
1973
Richard Haas, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1972
Richard Haas, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1972
The Complete Prints of Richard Haas, Contract Graphics, Houston, TX (solo)
1972
Galveston, a portfolio of prints, with studies by Richard Haas, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, TX (solo)
1972
Richard Haas, Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1972
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1972
New Acquisitions In Prints, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1971
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1971
Artists at Work, Finch College Gallery, New York, NY
1971
Richard Haas, Bennington College, VT (solo)
1970
Holography, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1969
Environmental Boxes, Simmons College Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
1966
And Another/2nd National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, MI
1964
Biennial, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, WI
1963
Five Younger Minnesota Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, WI
1963
Richard Haas, University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis (solo)
1962
Biennial, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, WI
1960
Richard Haas, Bennington College, VT (solo)