"While living in Barcelona, on a whim I bought a bag of clay that was a shopkeeper’s doorstop. This simple act would launch my life’s passion for art. I have been on an exhilarating journey ever since first sinking my hands into that clay.
Whether creating a small sculpture, a painting, or a monument, I strive to make works that inspire. As William Blake wrote “we become what we behold” and I hope my creations bring inspiration into the lives of those who behold the work.
My latest creative endeavors celebrate the wonders of life reflecting upon my recent re-entry into the world of hearing after decades of deafness."
-- Richard Becker MMXVIII
Richard Becker was born and raised in Los Angeles where he explored his creativity through photography, literature, and motocross racing. Becker began his career in the sciences, graduating with a Master’s in Engineering from Stanford University and obtained several patents. Becker credits his artistic awakening to a three-year assignment in Europe. While living in Barcelona, Spain and traveling abroad he began to pursue his passion for the arts by blending the arts and sciences.
Becker has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and has been a technical collaborator with several institutions, most notably The Getty and The Tate. He has been commissioned to create monumental works of public and corporate art as diverse as the POW Monument at the US National Cemetery, portrait busts for The Emmys Hall of Fame, a heroic stainless steel Mercury for the Los Angeles Athletic Club and a bronze sculpture of Homer Simpson for Fox Studios. An elected member of the National Sculpture Society, Becker was awarded their Edward Fenno-Hoffman Prize for uplifting art.
Becker’s current works explore commissioned art, his iconic Tot series sculptures, Pop balloons and cloud paintings.
His home and studio are in San Diego, California.
Los Angeles, California
Stanford University, Master of Science 1983 - 88
Escola d’Art, Barcelona 1996-97
Martine Vaugel Studios 1998, 2000
Awards, Recognition & Affiliations
Elected Member of the National Sculpture Society, New York City, NY
National Sculpture Society’s Edward Fenno-Hoffman Prize for uplifting works
Holds several US and Foreign Patents
Elected Member of the Portrait Sculptor Society of the Americas
Elected Member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. Honored as guild's youngest "100 Artists of the Past 100 Years"
Twentieth Century Fox
The Scripps Research Institute
City of San Diego, California
City of National City, California
City of Poway, California
City of Laguna Hills, California
Hewlett Packard Corporation
Good Samaritan Foundation
The University of the West of England
The Walt Disney Company
US National Cemetery Administration
Dr. Peter Farrell
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys)
Float, a solo show of new paintings and sculpture, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA (2018)
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles (2018)
National Sculpture Society Southern California Exhibition, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA (2017)
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA (2015)
National Sculpture Society Awards, Brookgreen Gardens, SC (2010)
Art Renewal Center Salon (2010, 2011)
National Sculpture Society Awards, Park Avenue Atrium, New York City (2008)
National Sculpture Society: “The Sea,” Park Avenue Atrium, New York City (2005)
Fingerhut Gallery, La Jolla, CA (2002)
“What Becker expresses cannot be taught” — San Diego Union Tribune
“Bronze Brilliance” — Décor and Style Magazine
“Genius” – Matt Groening -- Artist and Creator of The Simpsons
"♡" – Jerry Saltz
"...springboards for the imagination." -- Sculpture Review Magazine
"Extraordinary work." -- Ron Howard, Actor, Writer and Producer