Richard Jordon Maltz was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Roosevelt University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in history and had been a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for thirty two years. Currently, he is an instructor at Truman College. He has studied at the American Academy Of Art in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, the Figurative Art League of Evanston, and the University of California in Los Angeles. Maltz's early work included the use of calligraphy which was directly associated with the poetry he was writing at the time. From 1989 to the present he has shifted to acrylic painting on canvas. This also evolves from his poetry and stimulates the unconscious mind of the viewer. He has been represented by the Gallery Cafe of Evanston, Illinois, the Prism Gallery of Evanston, Illinois, the Oculus Gallery of Evanston, Illinois, the Tix Mix Gallery of Chicago, Illinois and the Peter Jones Gallery of Chicago, Illinois. Maltz has also shown in The Artists of Rogers Park Local Landscape Show 1999, the annual Chicago Art Open from 1998 to 2007 and the Friends of the Arts Annual Members Show from 2002 to 2006..