Contemporary Master

Ron Hicks masterfully guides viewers into the emotional realm of art. His paintings draw viewers into the very personal worlds of stolen kisses, handwritten letters and mysterious bedroom scenes.  “I open a dialogue for a story, and it’s up to the viewer to interpret it,” Hicks says.  Just as he employs muted tones — often grays — to render his paintings. His more traditional style, with influences including 17th century Dutch masters, blends representational art and impressionism, yet the ideas and stories within his paintings convey a much more contemporary feel.  His loose brushwork and his allowance for models to find their own comfortable poses imbue a depth of humanity and a natural fluidity in his paintings. As he continues to depict slices of life nationwide, he strives to keep his work “as fresh and new as possible,” he says. “My hope is that whoever views my work will have their own intimate encounter with it.”

Curriculum Vitae



Art Students League of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, Colorado

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio



2001 - December American Artist, Feature Artist

2001 - September U.S. Art, "Artists We Love"

2001 - September, '7 Foundational Truths of Traditional Academic Painting, by C.W. Mundy, International Artist

2000 - September Southwest Art "Art Events" by Editors, Southwest Art

2000 - November Southwest Art "Painting the Figure" by Crookston, Nancy Seamons

2000 - November Southwest Art Magazine "A Timeless Vision" by Gangelhoff, Bonnie

2000 - May Art & Antiques "Emerging Artist-Ron Hicks" by Editors

2000 - February Art Talk "In the Galleries" by Editor, Art Talk

1998 - September Southwest Art "Artists to Watch" by SW Editors

1998 - October Denver Post "Ron Hicks"

1998 - October Art Talk "In the Galleries" by Editor, Art Talk

1998 - November Spirit, Denver Rocky Mountain News "Celebration of Human Form"

1994 - June Westword "Seeing is Believing"

1994 - Collector's Edition "Many Roots, One Spirit"

Books in which artist or works are featured:

2001 The Artists Bluebook 24,000 North American Artists by AskART.com

2001 Third Annual Realism Invitational by Failing, Patricia


Museum Exhibitions:

1994 Down Home: An African-American Art Experience, Aurora History Museum, Denver, Colorado

Gallery Exhibitions:

2001 (2000-2001) Solo Show, Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah

2001 American Miniatures Exhibition, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2000 Summer in Paris, Merrill-Johnson Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2000 Invitational, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California

2000 (1999-2000) Colorado Governor's Invitational, Loveland, Colorado

2000 (1999-2000) Artist of America, Denver, Colorado

1999 (1997-1999) Solo Show, Uhl Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1996 Seeing Ourselves, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1995 (1993-1995) Group Show, Taos Traditions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

1994 Art Students League Annual Exhibit-Best of Show, Denver, Colorado