Ralph Nagel - Biography / Awards

Ralph Nagel

Born: 1945, St. Charles, IL

1969 - Master of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 
1972 - Master of City Planning; Master of Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Founder - Top Rock, LLC
Trustee - Denver University
Trustee - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Founder - Meridian Retirement Communities
Founder - Alliance for School Choice (ACE)

Ralph Nagel is a businessman, philanthropist, and painter. His remarkable success in business has offered him the opportunity to take part and make a mark in the thriving art community of Denver. Nagel has studied with notable teachers including John Hull, Molly Davis and Boris Shoshensky whom he co-founded the painting group Studio 208. Nagel and members of Studio 208 have painted together throughout Colorado, Hawaii and Ireland. In collaboration with Les Rats de Champ painters from Paris, Nagel has ventured into the art of plein air painting in Thailand, Spain, Croatia and many parts of France.

Nagel is interested in creating works that balance between spontaneity and control. Painting in large scale gives Nagel the freedom to use broad, open stokes to produce paintings that fuse Realism with elements of personal interpretation.

Nagel’s paintings have been exhibited in many regional and national juried exhibitions, including the Loveland Art Museum, the Wildlife Experience Museum, Littleton History Museum, Foothills Art Center, and the Colorado State Capital. They are also in private collections in the Americas, Australia, France, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, and New Zealand.

Truly seeing the subject of my art only takes place once the painting begins. It's about that day, that moment. And as in life, painting is about having the courage to take risks towards an outcome that is unknown.

Ralph in the studio

Selected Awards & Honors

Best of Show, Own an Original, Littleton History Museum, Littleton, CO, 2013.

3rd Place, Kaleidescope, Art Alliance of Littleton Annual Juried Exhibition, Loveland Art Museum, Loveland, CO, 2007.

Honorable Mention, Artists of Colorado State Exhibition, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO, 2007.

2nd Place, Plein Air Artists Colorado - 10th Annual Exhibition, Angler Art Gallery, Denver, CO, 2006.

2nd Place, Lone Tree Art Exhibition, Lone Tree, CO, 2005.

Award of Excellence & Award of Merit, Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts, Inc., Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA, 2005.