Despite being born and raised in Brooklyn, New York Ritch Gaiti was attracted to the American West and Native American culture by the warm color and the spiritual nature of the land and people. Gaiti was inspired by photographer Edward S. Curtis who chronicled Native American life during the 19th and 20th centuries. Gaiti attempts to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the land, people, and nature.
The subject of Gaiti’s work ranges from the landscape, animals, people and general atmosphere that the American West evokes. Working in oil, his paintings depict wild horses, buffalos, and Native Americans representing emergence and change of a time that has since passed. Gaiti uses a warm color palette and texture to add a gritty realism to his work.