My name is Rick Liebenow. You may call me RickLiebenowArt as long as we are on the internet. In person it’s a little awkward. The name is appropriate though, as I do spend much of my time working on, thinking about and relating to my surroundings through art. I use that perspective weekly on this blog as I post at the very least once a week, on Sundays.
I am first and foremost a painter. I also work as an animator, filmmaker, comic book artist and writer. Every situation requires its own approach. My favorite subject is people, how they interact with each other and the world around them as well as how we internalize those interactions. My painting is best categorized as traditional. It draws heavily from the techniques and color palette of the Dutch Masters. Although this is my base I try to use the best technique to express my ideas. I especially enjoy combining techniques.
I grew up in Normal Illinois. I know, right? From an early age I wanted to be an artist. I can remember in school always wanting to be known as the class artist. My school papers always listed artist or NBA player as what I wanted to be when I grew up. I gave up on the NBA sometime in 9th grade. My mother says I once told her I didn’t want to be an artist because I didn’t want to starve. But even then, I think I always knew. So maybe I wavered a bit but I am proud of the career I have built and it keeps getting better.
After High School I went to the Kansas City Art Institute. It was a tremendous experience that I still draw on today. However, I wanted to work in film and animation so after my Freshman year I transferred to Columbia College in Chicago. While there I wrote my first feature film which I produced and directed from 2005-2006. Filmmaker is a very difficult process with all the moving parts, expenses and marketing. In 2007 I began more than ever to fulfill my need to continue creating and found that it was the art that I first fell in love with and felt most comfortable. Since that time I have been showing regularly around Chicago especially in the Bucktown neighborhood. You can see my newest work in this blog or view more in the gallery on this site.