Richard Serrin was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1928. His natural talent for drawing, a life-long love of literature, philosophy, and religious studies were instrumental in determining his course of life as an artist. Very early Richard developed a fascination for the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly Rembrandt. Today, some sixty years later, he is considered an authority on many of these masters, lecturing extensively on their techniques and compositions.
After receiving his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Serrin traveled in Mexico, Europe, and earlier, with the US Army, in Japan. After marrying in 1963, Richard and Dorothy moved to Amsterdam, and in 1964 to Italy, where their two daughters were born. The artist and his wife continue to reside in Florence.
Serrin’s last retrospective in the United States was in 2000 at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hasting-on-Hudson, New York. He was artist-in-residence at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia from 1989-1991 and a visiting professor at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan from 1992-1995. His work is represented in many public and private collections throughout the US, and Europe, most prominently in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Columbus, Georgia, Sanford, Florida, and Minneapolis.
Serrin has been involved in teaching at many college art programs in Florence. These include New York University in Sienna, the Ohio University Art Program and the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art.
Up until just recently the only art of Serrin’s fifty year career as a painter available for purchase were original paintings and one limited edition of 300 signed and numbered reproductions of the Prodigal Son that Richard painted in 1985 for a retrospective of his art work at the Billy Graham Museum at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Now the opportunity to purchase other reproductions of his work and his original paintings will be available shortly through ASK Publishing Company in Columbus, Georgia or by going directly to Serrin’s own website at: richardserrinart.com.
Biblical themes are prominent in Serrin’s work. Their genesis stem from his own preoccupation with God, whose presence has been marginalized in contemporary life for many reasons, some justifiably intellectual, and some from a less justifiable hedonistic nihilism.
His allegiance to and competition with the Renaissance and Baroque Masters led Serrin in 1974, to undertake four 9 feet square paintings of Christ’s Passion, and ten years later, two further paintings to complete the series. In 1986 these large paintings were given to R. C. Sproul the founder of Ligonier Ministries and later installed in Saint Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida.