Richard Lantz studied Art History and Studio at Montana State in Bozeman and San Fransisco Art Institute. He received a graduate degree from the University Of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He owns and operates his own bronze and aluminum foundry in Albuquerque. His works are in private collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. His marine sculptures are primarily in Miami, FL.
Lantz had his first “show” in the lobby of the local bank. He pestered the banker until he agreed to let Richard hang is sculpture in the lobby. From that time on he was certain he had found his place in the art world. Surrealism became the major artistic influence throughout his years of schooling.
In 1989, he met and became employed by Allan Houser, 1914-1994. He did enlargements for him in plaster at his studio south of Santa Fe, NM. Clearly, Allan was the most important artist he has ever known, he felt privileged to have worked with him.
Allan encouraged Richard and convinced him to see “Beauty”, that artworks could be uplifting and hold interest without being full of anger and confusion. He especially avoided violence and overt sexuality in his sculpture. Keeping things simple was vital to him. Richard found his beliefs to be important and they became a part of his beliefs. For Richard, art is a form of reduction which ads to the power of the work.