Alvin Richard was born in 1962. He is a self-taught realist painter living in Moncton, NB, Canada. His apprenticeship in exploring the medium of acrylics began in 1987. During the process of finding his own voice, he was initially influenced by the realism movement that emerged from the faculty of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University located in Sackville, NB.
His knowledge of art history is a perpetual journey of self-study and visiting hundreds of art galleries and museums in Canada, the United States and Western Europe. He is influenced by several art movements including Realism, Impressionism, Photorealism, Hyperrealism, Pop Art in addition to mass media and popular culture. Alvin was elected to the Federation Of Canadian Artists in 2004 as an active member.
"I have always known what would interest me visually as an artist, and this was to paint the familiar stuff. Every painting is an attempt to document a glimpse of observation of the world around me. Imagery often presents itself during occurrences of daily life. Light, colour, perspective and composition are vital elements that become an integral part of the work. A great portion of my artwork takes a journalistic approach while surveying elements of popular and mass culture and it's influences on society''.