Ritch Gaiti’s ethereal paintings commemorate the West— a horse runs free on the open range; a buffalo oversees the plains that he rules; a proud people enjoy a rich culture and a oneness with the land. The paintings are about change, evolution, and extinction—something emerges, something disappears. Each represents the spirit of a time long gone. The series is executed primarily in oils, often heavily textured to add another dimension and give the effect of time.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ritch became visually attracted to the West and the Native American culture by the warm colors and the spiritual nature of the people and
the land. He was inspired by the works of the legendary photographer Edward S. Curtis and his colleagues who chronicled Indian life in the 19th and 20th centuries, becoming sympathetic to the Native American history and their fallen journey. He paints of the people, the land and the spirits and tries to recapture a feeling of a civilization long gone.
Ritch is an emerging self taught artist who has been painting for over twenty years and only recently began to exhibit publicly. Recently, Ritch won the People’s Choice Award of the 2009 American Plains Artists exhibition and the Judges Award of Merit in the Trail of Painted Ponies National Art Competition. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Plains Artists and Cowboy Heritage Artists and Photographers Society.
Ritch is also an aspiring writer, having written several novels. He also enjoys tennis, skiing and is a private pilot.
Check his website for his latest works and exhibitions.