American expatriate painter Richard A. de Menocal was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919 and died in Cambridge, MA in 1995. De Menocal graduated from the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. During his early career he drew illustrations for Condé Nast publications, organized displays for the Lord & Taylor department store in Manhattan, New York, and created costume designs for Radio City Music Hall. He had his first personal exhibition in 1951, and continued to show in the USA even after moving to Brazil. He fell in love with Brazilian culture, and made it his home. In the 1960s de Menocal withdrew from the secular world and spent over a decade at the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and later with the Trappists in Derryville, Virginia, and Spencer, Massachusetts. After leaving the monastery he settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and returned to painting.
Paintings by Richard de Menocal are kept at The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. A group of his paintings were presented at Sotheby's Kennedy Family Homes Sale (15-16/2/2005, lot 369, p.225).