Richard Kraft grew up in London and has recently moved to New York's Hudson River Valley after living in Los Angeles for many years. He received a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in Photography from the University of Michigan.
Kraft’s multi-disciplinary approach (which incorporates photography, video, collage, drawing and performance) seeks to construct environments and interrupt the world around us so that incongruities, paradoxes, and multiplicity of meaning might yield a new orientation to the familiar. Exhibitions include the Charlie James Gallery, LA Louver, Rosamund Felsen, and Greg Kucera, as well as museum, university and non-profit art spaces, including the Portland Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Ruffin Gallery at the University of Virginia, Occidental College, and Printed Matter, among others.
In April 2015 Siglio Press published Kraft's artist's book, Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, and he recently co-edited the first complete volume of John Cage's Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse). Publications
include BOMB, Bookforum, Carousel among other journals, and in 2016 his work was featured in The New Collage Book, a comprehensive survey published by Gestalten.
Kraft has frequently made work for public spaces, with pieces appearing on the sides of buses and in library aisles, as well as for performances which have taken place in Oxford Circus and Speaker’s Corner in London, along the Las Vegas Strip, at the Wendover Air Force Base, outside “Little Sparta” in rural Scotland, and downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2015, The City of West Hollywood (as part of the its thirtieth anniversary celebrations) commissioned Kraft to produce One Hundred Walkers, West Hollywood which received a Year in Review Award from Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network.