Richard Feynman's Sketches and Paintings

Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988), Nobel Laureate, teacher, icon and genius – one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventure that drove him to pursue seemingly unrelated paths. Feynman pursued biology, percussion, Maya hieroglyphs, and lock picking - subjects totally unconnected to his primary expertise which is physics. Another one of his interest was art.

Richard Feynman started taking art lessons at the age of 44, and continued drawing for the rest of his life. These include portraits of his close friends, wife and daughter and professional models that posed for him at his friend’s studio. Feynman was also an avid supporter of topless bars, which he used to frequent a lot while he was at Caltech, which also explains why he loved drawing nude models.

Feynman signed all of his artwork with the pseudonym “Ofey”. Here are some of his sketches.