Richard Cledus Pionk (1936-2007) [RA 1977-2007]

Richard Cledus Pionk (1936-2007)
American Realist still-life, portrait and interiors painter, master pastelist and teacher ;
Richard C. Pionk ; Richard Pionk ; R.C. Pionk ; R. C. Pionk ;
[Born April 26, 1936 in Kerrick Pine / Moose Lake, MN – died June 5, 2007 in New York, NY from cancer]


SAL record control number: 73784 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


Richard Cledus Pionk (1936-2007) biography:

Birth: April 26, 1936 in Kerrick Pine / Moose Lake, MN ;
Death: June 5, 2007 in New York, NY from cancer ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Taurus ;

Known for: Still-life painting ; pastels ; portraits ; genre interior scenes ;
Medium: Oil ; pastel ;
Technique: Painting ; drawing ;
Subjects: Interiors ; people ; still-life ;

Areas: Kerrick Pine / Moose Lake, MN ; Vienna, Austria ; New York, NY ;
Region: Mid-west ; North East ;
Lived: 1349 Lexington Ave, Apt 8b, New York, NY (1983-2020) ;
Father: Ignatz Pionk (1903-1976), a farmer ;
Mother: Esther Christina Milthida (Dufrane) (Varnes) Pionk (1904-1991) ;
Relatives: Erma “Emma” Jean (Ted) Katchmark (1932-?), sister ; Audrey (Vernon) Rustad (1938-?), sister ; Robert Ignatius Pionk (1934-1984), brother ; Duane (Sandra) Pionk (?-?), brother ; Erwin Varnes (?-?), brother ; Virgil Varnes (?-?), brother ;
Spouse: F Spielmann, longtime boyfriend ;
Children: [none] ;

Training: Studied to be part of the clergy at a monastery in MO ; The Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY, on scholarships and the G.I. Bill under Daniel E Greene (1934-2020) and Sidney Edward Dickinson (1890-1980) ;
Instructors: Daniel E Greene (1934-2020) ; Sidney Edward Dickinson (1890-1980) ;
Work: Served in the US Navy (1974-1977) ;

Taught: Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY ;

Member: Salmagundi, New York, NY, artist member, president ; Pastel Society of America, New York, NY, master pastelist (1984), pastel hall of fame (1997) ; Allied Artists of America, New York, NY, board of directors ; Hudson Valley Art Association, Hudson Valley, NY ; Knickerbocker Art Association, New York, NY ; Artist Fellowship, New York, NY, trustee ; National Arts Club, New York, NY, member ; Audubon Artists, New York, NY, trustee ; American Artists Professional League, New York, NY ; Dutch Treat Club, New York, NY, member ;
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