Richard T. Pranke is a 3rd generation artist, born in Duvernay, Laval, Quebec in 1958. His grandfather, Richard Wenzel Pranke was an art professor in Slovakia, and his father, a well known Quebec artist Walter W. Pranke, were his first motivators that inspired him at a very early age. When Richard was 10 years old, he created a 32 sq ft mural for a school project. He learned the essential principles of his art by observing his father for hours absorbed in the act of painting. This paternal heritage developed over several years of practice to lead to the works we know today. The artist credits his father for his strong devotion to painting and his desire to continually grow as an artist.
A figurative oil painter, Richard Pranke employs time-honored painting techniques to create his charming representations of picturesque childhood memories. The way in which the homes and apartment buildings are depicted are so recognizable as familiar Montreal architecture, that anyone who has spent time in these areas will feel a connection to them. Children playing in the streets and alleyways, with onlookers on their balconies, gathering for a morning coffee and watching over them, these paintings become the quintessential image of nostalgic happiness.