”Perhaps we can say that art and science are attempts, by very different methods, to get at the same truths. Both are directed at finding out more about ourselves, and the universe we inhabit, by studying and recording. Science attempts to explain the universe by assuming causality, linear time, and the existence of hidden rules or patterns which, if diligent enough, we can discover and understand. Art attempts to explain the universe more intuitively, emotionally, and even magically. Science depends largely on the genius of the intellect, and art on the genius of the spirit.”
Meitner studied at the University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1970-1972, Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, 1974-1975, Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, Rijksdiploma 1972-1975
In his work, Meitner creates moments of astonishment and surprise, magical moments that challenge the viewer to question what he or she is seeing, and allows creative thought to take over. “Magic,” he says, “is a moment in which something happens that does not fit into your belief system.”.
His works are included in the permanent collections of more than 50 museums throughout the world including The Corning Museum of Glass, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan), Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre (Paris), Museo Vetrario (Murano, Italy), and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York).
Richard works in collaboration with the Portuguese fashion designer Isilda Pelicano.