Richard Casciato has always followed his own rhythm, and his artwork reflects impressions of nature and the subtleties of light on the world around us.

Richard studied Fine Art and Illustration at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. After receiving a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, he continued his education, studying under such luminaries as Brad Holland, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Daniel Greene. As an assistant/apprentice to famed portraitist Burton Silverman, Richard continued his education as well as producing his own commissioned portraits, magazine illustrations, and corporate artwork.

As he developed a craftsman’s line skill and respect for the subtleties of light, Richard’s focus has flowed from portraits to landscapes. His continued fascination with the vagaries of light and shadow has taken him from brownstones of Brooklyn to the beaches of Mexico; from mountains to backyard still lifes.

Richard’s award winning work over a twenty-five year span reflects the artist’s journey through life. Collectors have particularly noted the feeling of the viewer being “in the painting.” Attention to detail and ease of composition allows an accessibility valued in contemporary art.

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When a painting is commissioned it becomes a very personal project for both the patron and the artist. We start with a conversation and identify the subject, level of background detail, painting size and your budget.
We will discuss any preferences or concerns that you have throughout the evolution of  your painting.

My process for a commission requires several photos of the subject. Through candid photos I can get a very good idea of the subjects personality.  I generally paint portraits after meeting with the person who is to be my subject. I will make sketches, take color notes and provide a sketch and color study for your approval. When we are satisfied I will take a final photo from which to paint from but not with the intent to reproduce !


My oil paintings are created either on cotton or linen fabric or the finest of French watercolor paper. I then prepare the surface with several coats of a gesso ground. I meticulously sand between each layer until I achieve the desired surface, and then I apply the oil paint.  The paintings will be varnished but not framed.  After completion an oil painting must be allowed to dry for one month before a temporary varnish  can be applied. All work is performed in my studio and I will send you digital photo updates via e-mail if you like throughout the  progression of your painting.


An  11″x14″  single person portrait in oil starts at  $499.  The commission is due in three equal payments:  1/3 after our first meeting, 1/3 after the painting is well underway  and the final 1/3 upon delivery.

If you are interested in commissioning an original oil painting please contact me at studiocasciato@yahoo.com.

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North End Trilogy
Gallery 100
Object Image Gallery


Bank of America
Mahopac Public Library


Mobius / Boston exhibition

Gallery 100-opening exhibition

North End Trilogy


Object Image Gallery
Images of Coney Island

Pine Shores Art Association
Harvest Exhibition

Putnam Arts Council
Instructors & students exhibition

Tuckerton Seaport Museum
Sea and See


The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

St. Augustine’s Church

Peter Manus Cafe NYC

Judges Choice – Jetty at Noon

Judges Choice – Construction Zone


private, professional, corporate

Putnam Arts Council

Bill Communications



*Please contact us via e-mail at studiocasciato@yahoo.com to request or inquire about ANY print or go to
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The Red Chair

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Every painting holds its own challenges and its own moments of pure bliss during the course of its creation - Dacha Astir Coci

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