Richard Raney Biography

Raised in Houston's inner-city, Richard Raney received recognition in his teenage years for his outstanding abilities as a painter and illustrator, matriculating to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a freshman.

After graduating from HSPVA, Richard moved to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute on a scholarship, where his talent flourished.  Graduating with honors in 2000, he established his reputation for a mature and unusual grasp of the human figure, as well as of cityscape and surrealism.

Raney has shown with Leopold Gallery since 2003, and has executed commissions for the Overland Park Convention Center, Sprint, and a variety of private collectors.  In 2005 he was commissioned to illustrate three book covers for Harper Collins in New York, an article for Wine Enthusiast in New York, as well as works for a variety of other magazines.  He was also featured in the Kansas City Star and Pitchweekly in 2005.

While keeping his painting career separate from his career in illustration, the former continues to inform the latter, which tends to make his illustrations more painterly than most, resulting in a broadening number of commissions and critical acceptance. Richard has had three shows with Leopold, most recently in 2005.