ABOUT RICHARD PIETRUSKA
As a member of the AFAS or Automotive Fine Arts Society, Richard Pietruska has won the prestigious Peter Helck Award for 3 years in a row and numerous Athena Awards of Excellence at Pebble Beach. He is a highly respected professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has been teaching for over 30 years. Many of his former students are the leading automotive designers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
His career as an automotive designer started early as a winner of the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild and he won a scholarship to study at the Art Center. There he received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Design and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree. With a background in various media from paint to tapestries, his focus is now on automotive sculpture using techniques ranging from bronze casting, cast resin, fiberglass, stainless steel, plastics and whatever else that comes along that is new and exciting. These sculptures exhibit the dynamic fluid motion of the automobile while simplifying the basic design lines of some of the most exotic vehicles of the past and present.
Tom Hale, another member of the AFAS, is quoted as saying,”Richard is one of the most diverse and adventuresome artist that I’m aware of. Unlike many artists who pursue and evolve a style or a look, Richard is driven to discover new directions and materials to express his creativity. He has a great knowledge of materials and wonderful sense of design. His ability to express beautiful forms in his artwork is thrilling.”
Richard is also one of the few automotive sculptors to have been chosen to do the artwork for the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance poster.
His work has been featured in various magazines including Road & Track, Automobile Magazine, The Robb Report, AUTOAficionado, Rosso Ferrari, The Star (Mercedes Benz Magazine), Showcase Magazine, Pilota, Octane Magazine and Garage Magazine.
In addition he has designed awards and trophies for many automotive events like the Car of the Year Award for Automobile Magazine, Cranbrook Concours d’Elegance, the Petersen Museum and the Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance.
His sculptures and other works are in many private collections and automotive museums around the world.
MUSEUM AND EXHIBITS
VELOCITY, The Art of Motion at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, MN- 2008
The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX- 2008
Kemp Auto Museum, St. Louis, MO -2007
Art. Automobiles. Passion at the Krasl Art Center, Michigan -2005
Automotive Art Expo at the Coast Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA -2004
San Diego Automotive Museum
Dominoes Classic Car Museum
Otis Chandler’s Vintage Museum
The CAR, The ART, Los Angeles -1992
Ferrari Museum of Art, Japan