About

Aarin Richard specializes in historic American Indian art appraisals in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been immersed in the field for the past 28 years as a dealer, consultant, broker and collector. His company, Richard & Associates Art Appraisals offers appraisal services for the purposes of charitable contributions, estate planning or division, capital gains and gift tax, insurance coverage, damage claims and equitable distributions.  All appraisals comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and meet IRS qualification requirements.

In 1991, Aarin rekindle his interest in Native American art and artifacts. He became an avid collector, attending shows and auctions, working with formidable experts, conducting personal research and collecting antiquities. In 2002, he launched Aarin Richard Tribal Art, exhibiting at the major trade shows in the west and southwest. He wrote articles such as Natural Pigments Of The Plains Indians and The Reds Of Early Navajo Textiles and worked actively within the dealer network, buying, selling, trading and brokering.

In 2009, upon moving to Santa Fe, Aarin was invited into a long established gallery, The Spanish & Indian Trading Company, as a forth partner, joining three other prominent dealers in the industry. This eventually led to the creation of the Aarin Richard Gallery, which featured 19th century Native American art and contemporary paintings. Exhibiting at prominent shows also continued.

In 2011, he created the Historic American Indian Art Radio Show, which featured in-studio guests with fellow dealers and scholars, discussing the Native art and history of 19th century America. The show was broadcast live over the internet. 

Through all these activities, Aarin has developed an extensive network of associates with expertise in the field, available to assist on assignments when needed.

In 2014, Aarin was recruited to be an adjunct professor at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, teaching at both the music and film production departments. Prior to relocating in Santa Fe, he lived in Los Angeles, California and worked as a Media Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering and Sony Development, leading media production efforts for projects worldwide.

Annual Exhibition History:  

  • The Whitehawk Antique American Indian Art Show, Santa Fe NM
  • The Marin Show, Art of the Americas, Marin CA
  • The Great Southwestern Antique Show, Albuquerque NM
  • The Los Angeles Tribal Art Show, Los Angeles CA
  • The American Indian Art Show, Los Angeles CA
  • The High Noon Show, Phoenix AZ
  • The Historic American Indian & Ethnographic Show, Santa Fe NM