Born of mixed Asian and American parentage, Richard Whitten grew up in Manhattan. Richard Whitten earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of California at Davis where he studied with both Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. He has had numerous exhibitions on both coasts. Notable are major solo exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, the Newport Art Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, and the University of Maine Museum of Art. He is represented by ArtMora Gallery, NY and Seoul, Korea; Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA; and Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA, and the William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA. He is presently a Professor of Painting and Art Department Chairperson at Rhode Island College.