Spanish/American, born in East Tennessee, Richard's mother, Paloma, was the daughter of historically renowned opera tenor, Miguel Fleta. After receiving his B.F.A. in painting and drawing at The University of Georgia, his first solo show was at U.G.A.'s Lamar Dodd Fine Art Gallery in 1984. Heinsohn moved to New York City in 1986 and lived and worked there for fifteen years. He has shown repeatedly in group shows at Allan Stone Gallery, most notable of which was the Summer Group Show of 1995 where he was included along with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Eva Hess, Richard Estes, Robert Ryman and other notable artists. Allan Stone collected several of Heinsohn's paintings and supported him. + Read More
Richard currently lives and works in Nashville TN. In 2007 he received the "Critic's Pick" from The Nashville Scene for his solo exhibit at Estel Gallery in Nashville which included fourteen paintings. He was featured in The Tennessean for this exhibit.
In 2010 his work was shown at Preston Contemporary Art Center in New Mexico and at The Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA and featured in Nashville Arts Magazine. He is currently represented by The Lowe Gallery and his installation, "Postcards to the Future", a show of twenty paintings, was on view at The Nashville Arts and Business Council during the Fall of 2012.
Recently Richard has participated in The Landfill Art Project, creating three-dimensional work from refuse for an international exhibition. Also in 2013 a photographic image of"Gravity Seven", a large painting, was projected onto a skyscraper in New York City. In 2014 three large works were projected in Times Square as part of a massive megatron exhibition. His works have now been widely collected.
Richard currently teaches painting and drawing at Watkins School of Art Design and Film. In 2011 he was selected to teach a workshop at Cheekwood Art and Gardens in Nashville on the "Modern Masters" abstract painting exhibition from the Smithsonian, and to teach at The Frist Center for Visual Art on American painting from The Phillips Collection. Richard has also worked closely with refugee children from Burma, Egypt and Nepal, teaching painting as part of after-school enrichment programs, R.I.S.E. and N.A.Z.A., which are provided by support from the city of Nashville.