An extraordinary painter and furniture designer, Richard Roth urges viewers to consider the delineations between kitsch and art, object and idea, material and form. Inventing his forms from myriad of sources such as Navajo blankets, mollusk shells, or licorice candies, Roth hand-paints geometric patterns and colorful blocks on birch plywood panels. His paintings are minimalist but bold, jutting forth as mini-obstructions challenging the traditional painted canvas. Presenting 12 x 8 x 4 inch boxes alongside elongated 2.5 x 96 inch “blades,” he confines the paintings to these dimensions, creating great freedom and challenge to continually invent within the structure. Roth is a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught in the Painting and Printmaking department from 1999 to 2015, serving as department chair for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union in New York and Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1991, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, and later received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting (2008–09). Roth currently lives in Camarillo, California.