Richard Kinnaird was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and resided in Chapel Hill, NC until the time of his death. He studied at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Carleton College and the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his MFA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He taught teaching, painting and drawing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 39 years.
He exhibited his work in over 25 group and invitational shows including University of Georgia, Ackland Museum of Art at UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, Duke University in Durham, Weatherspoon Art Gallery in Greensboro, and East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Kinnaird had solo exhibitions at Lee Hansley Gallery, Frankie G. Weems Gallery, Gaddy Hamrick Art Center at Meredith College in Raleigh and Newberry College in Newberry, SC.
His work is a part of numerous collections including Seattle Museum of Art in Seattle, WA, North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, General Telephone Corporation in Charlotte, RJ Reynolds Corporation and Hanes Knitting Corporation in Winston-Salem.
Kinnaird won the Gold Medal at the 40th Annual North Carolina Artists Exhibition in Raleigh, 1st Painting Award, School of Public Health at UNC-CH, and1st Painting Award at the 18th Annual Springs Mills Show in Lancaster, SC.