RICHARD DANA KUCHTA



Richard Dana Kuchta
'Beasts Shall Come Forth'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Rainbow Morning'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'On the Bone Flats'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Strike'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Marine Taxi'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Double or Nothin'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'False Dawn'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Tomorrow Is Promised'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Only Time Proves the Cost'

Richard Dana Kuchta's obsession with war miniatures can be blamed on his father. Kuchta senior went to World War II, flew 26 missions as a gunner on a B-24 and won the D.F.C for his trouble. When he returned home from war he developed a passion for building large scale WWII balsawood fighter aircraft. Richard watched and learned as his father crafted his masterpieces.

His first attempts at modeling were with clay dinosaurs at the age of four. This led to a long time love of World War I aircraft models. Gradually he was drawn to WWII armor pieces, which evolved into crafting accurate historical vignettes. As a keen student of military history, he developed a sizeable library on the subject which he has relied on in broadening his interests beyond the two World Wars and in informing his pieces. Over the years he has developed a large collection that includes historical war dioramas from the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

In 1977 he began exhibiting at gun and military shows. Since then he has exhibited his Vietnam dioramas in two-man shows with Robert Dennis Bracci at Greenwich Workshop (Nautilus Show-1983, Fairfield, CT); Federal Hall (1985, New York City); Smithsonian Institute National Traveling Exhibit (Vietnam: Fragments and Images -the Brutal Illusion Revisited - New Haven, CT, 1989); Southern Connecticut State University (New York Veterans Association-Vietnam: A Photographic Essay of the Undeclared War in Southeast Asia, New Haven, CT, 1990); The Military Museum of Southern New England (2000-2001).

Kuchta is represented by the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, CT. He has been doing steady work for the military museum in Danbury, CT since 1987. His most recent exhibition, in 2006 at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT, was a one-man show titled Six Star Legacy, featuring his WWII combat art.


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Noncombatants'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Father's Day'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'The Chosin Few'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Aim For The Turret'

 

 

 

 


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Walk Softly'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Counterattack'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'We Reclaim Our Brother'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Voyage To Glory'

 

 


Richard Dana Kuchta
'The Sentinel'


Richard Dana Kuchta
'Storm Troopers'

 

 

 


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