Art by Ralph J. Ryan

Ralph J. Ryan is lives in Maplewood, Minnesota, USA. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Graphic Arts, San Jose State University 1971, and followed that up with Graduate work in Theatre Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara, 1973.

Artist Statement

Landscape painter. I create landscapes of the imagination. I am inspired by speculative fiction in all of its forms, and by a long-time interest in architecture and the dramatic lighting of the theatre stage.
History I started painting in earnest when I was 12. I explored many art forms and styles including the psychedelia of the mid to late 60’s, to traditional landscapes, and finally Science Fiction and Fantasy beginning in 1974.
About The New Work The new work will be much the same as I have been doing, except for the use of digital photography and printing to create drawings or under-paintings. More work will be done on paper instead of canvas.

Recent Exhibitions:

    • St. Paul Art Crawl October 2009
    • Artful Home Show (part of the Parade of Homes) September 2009
    • Exhibition at Roseville Covenant Church as part of a month-long celebration of the works of C.S. Lewis July 2009
    • St. Paul Art Crawl April 2009
    • Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI members art show August-September 2007
    • St. Paul Winter Carnival Art Show January-February 2006
    • New York Mills Cultural Center Regional art exhibits 2003 (cash award), 2005
  • North St. Paul Art Exhibit, September-October 2003

Ongoing:
Numerous Science-Fiction/Fantasy Convention art shows, nationwide and Canada, going back over 30 years.  2011 included two local conventions: Marscon and ConVergence.

Honors:

  • Artist Guest of Honor at Icon 2007 . Icon is a SciFi/fantasy convention in Iowa.
  • Numerous awards at Conventions including First Place, Best in Show (cash award), and Best Professional Artist

    Creator of:

    Solaris, published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review

    Hinden and Typhon, cover art for Nerve Zero by Justin Robinson.

    Other work: 

    Forty years as a scenic designer for theatre productions locally and on the West Coast, including national and international touring productions. Theatres include:
    The California Theatre Center
    Alameda Civic Light Opera
    The Jon Hassler Theatre
    The Phipps Center for the Arts


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