Ric Haynes was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1945. As a child he made art that told stories, and in the stories he invented his own mythology. In the early 1960’s he attended a boy’s school that encouraged him not to play sports but instead to make art. He was a cartoonist for the school newspaper and edited art for the yearbook and literary magazine.
On a Ford Foundation Grant, Haynes attended the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1964-68, where he studied with Reba Stewart, Jon Schueler, Babe Shapiro, Sal Scarpitta and Peter Milton. He also studied with Walter Murch, Ben Shahn and Philip Pearlstein while attending The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1967. He received a MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Norwich University in 2002. In the fall of 2012 Haynes attended a residency program at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Ric has taught painting, drawing and book arts at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts for sixteen years.
Ric’s works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Library of Congress and the Getty Foundation, as well as other private and public collections.