Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Richard Gandolfo grew up in California and worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years. He received a scholarship from Chouinard Institute and attended for one semester. However, life presented him with another path and he was awarded an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Since his retirement in 2007, he has focused on the arts and served as a board member at Sedona Arts Center for two terms. He has taken classes from Michael Chesley-Johnson, Gary Jenkins, Bill Cramer, Albert Handell, and others. He has taken sculpture classes from John Soderberg and Michael Trcic. He currently works in plein air oils and describes his work as abstract impressionist.