Richard Fleischner was born in New York in 1944. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a sculptor, painter, installation artist and furniture maker, Fleischner began working in and on the outdoors in the 1960s. His landscapes and large-scale public sculpture emphasize the relationship of man-made architecture and the natural world. Fleischner's environments have been constructed in numerous public and private sites, and his drawings and paintings are widely collected. His selected public collections include: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; the Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.