Rudi Reichardt (1929)
Oil on Panel
10” x 12” Image
15” x 17” Framed
signed front Left
Rudi Reichardt is a self taught artist was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1929. As far back as Rudi can remember he loved drawing and painting. It was the rugged stormy landscape of the Black Forest, exposure to the great European Masters, but most of all, the music of the Baroque shaped his work and life. In 1946, at age 17, Rudi began his professional work painting backdrops at the Opera House in Karlsruhe. Reichardt worked there until 1951 when he immigrated to Canada, where for the next twelve years, he worked as an interior decorator during the day painting murals, paintings and furniture for clients homes. At night, immersing himself in the classical music he loved so well, he would spend endless hours creating art, prints and posters of the quickly vanishing countryside of Southern Ontario.
Rudi Reichardt had the first public showing of his art, prints and posters in Toronto, Ontario, in 1954. The big transition to freelance painting came about, when in 1964, his paintings were personally selected by Vincent Price, the well known actor and art connoisseur, for the Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art. This marked the turning point in this artist's life and brought his work to the attention of the art world. Since then, Reichardt's career has mushroomed with countless one-man showings and also a commission to do four consecutive annual calendars for the International Harvesters of Canada.
Having painted the Canadian landscape, its birds and wildlife, from coast to coast, Rudi Reichardt moved to Florida in 1978, where he spent six years painting seascapes, still-life and the landscape, as well as the wildlife of that region. In 1984, he relocated to Flagstaff and a year later, drawn by the power and special spiritual quality he sensed in the Red Rocks, he moved to Sedona, where he currently lives with his wife Edith and works on his art, prints and posters. They have two children, Stephen and Diana. Reichardt is now involved in painting Northern Arizona and the Southwest.