Spanish/American, born in east Tennessee, Richard's mother, Paloma, was the daughter of historically renowned opera tenor, Miguel Fleta. She gave up her own very successful singing career to immigrate to the U.S. and have a family after which she took up painting and became Richard’s first major influence.
After earning a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, Heinsohn relocated to New York City.
He and lived and worked in Manhattan and Brooklyn for fifteen years during which his work was included in numerous group shows with Allan Stone Gallery, most notable of which was the Summer Group Show of 1995.
In that show, curated by Alan Stone himself, Heinsohn's painting "Floating" was shown with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Eva Hess, Richard Estes, Robert Ryman and other notable artists.
Allan Stone also collected Heinsohn's paintings and supported him extensively.
Richard currently lives and works in Nashville TN. In 2007 he received the "Critic's Pick" from The Nashville Scene for his solo exhibit at Estel Gallery in Nashville. He was featured in The Tennessean for this exhibit. This marked Heinsohn’s return to visual art after a seven year hiatus during which he focused on performing and recording music.
Since his return to painting, Heinsohn's work has been shown extensively and has been the subject of several articles. He is currently represented by Roberto Polo Gallery in Brussels, Belgium and by The Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. His recent show of photo-paintings at the East Side Projects Space in Nashville was reviewed in USA Today-Tennessee and received this accolade from art writer, Melinda Baker:
“Heinsohn’s colorful, dynamic paintings synthesize abstract expressionism, surrealism and conceptualism, and draw inspiration from artists like Goya, Rauschenberg and Duchamp to convey a singular astuteness, both aesthetically and conceptually, that grounds his work firmly in the contemporary.”