Richard Gorenko was born in Canora, Saskatchewan in 1954. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979, before moving on to the University of Dallas where he earned a Master of Arts in 1980, and the University of Calgary, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in 1982. Richard's career in teaching began at the Saskatoon Community College where he taught printmaking from 1982 to 1983. Over the years he has taught painting, drawing and printmaking as a lecturer, professor and artist-in-residence at a number of institutions including the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, the University of Victoria and the Alberta College of Art and Design. His paintings and drawings are influenced by his experience of prairie life and landscape. Railways, highways and elevators are common subjects in his work, which has been exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. Richard lives in Calgary, Alberta where he teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.