Rick Arnitz was an American painter 1949-2018. Known for his semi-abstract style and remembered for his tool of choice, Arnitz's work was created with paint rollers and not brushes.
A native of St. Louis Missouri, Arnitz hitchhiked to California at nineteen and fell in love with the west coast never looking back. Received a B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Arnitz's work was widely exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1975, including a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1989. Arnitz work is in numerous private and public collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Crocker Art Museum.
Arnitz continued his creative work up until his death in 2018. In the last year of his life he was unable to work in the studio, so he returned to his roots as a cartoonist. Even on his worst days using the Notes App on his phone and drawing with his finger he continued to inspire and make people laugh with insightful and provocative cartoons.
Inquiries about Arnitz's work are currently handled by his wife Mia Chambers.