Abstract painter, illustrator, printmaker, and arts educator Richard Mayhew was born in Amityville, NY. He studied at the Art Students League of New York, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and received a degree in art history from Columbia University, New York City. Mayhew was a founding member of Spiral, a New York City-based Black artists collective active from 1963 to 1965 whose members included Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Charles Alston, and Hale Woodruff.
Mayhew’s work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. He is a retired professor of art at Pennsylvania State University. Mayhew lives and works in Aptos and Santa Cruz, CA.