Hudson Valley artist Ryan Cronin made his entrance into the world, almost iconically, on a hot June night 1972: in the front seat of a ‘60s Plymouth Station Wagon. His daring arrival set the tone for his entire life. From a young age, Cronin’s father instilled in him the belief:
You can be a garbageman. You can be the President.
And so Cronin chose to be an artist, and he has filled two decades-worth of boards, suitcases, walls, and more with Rust-Oleum paint, the staple ingredient in his original and bold works of art.
Described as a modern adaptation of Pop, a Cronin original teeters between Abstract and Representational. Each is a mashup of high and low culture, driven by a deep sense of color and placement, marked by his signature iconography, and emboldened by a gloss finish. It is accessible, emotional, and boasts a playful edge that constantly encourages its viewers to have fun. Because, as Cronin regularly affirms: “I take having fun very seriously.”
Since the early 1990s Ryan has been approaching his practice from a place of inclusivity and cultural awareness. Engaging in a dialogue surrounding the accessibility of art, Ryan expands on the legacies of Robert Indiana, Philip Guston and David Hockney. With his distinctly signature style and a desire to assimilate icons from his New York community into a visual vocabulary, Ryan draws upon street signs and cultural markers as sources of inspiration. As a painter, sculptor, muralist and product designer he appropriates text and figures from his surroundings to reconfigure the world through art.
Where He’s Been
Cronin has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, art fairs, and public (mostly legal) spaces across the USA. He’s completed several large scale murals at places like the Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and in Wynwood during Art Basel. In 2015, alongside his wife Melanie, Cronin opened CronArtUSA Headquarters at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, NY, which houses a mix of his original works, museum-quality prints, sculpture, as well as a line of wares designed by Cronin.
As passionate and global-minded philanthropists, Melanie and Ryan founded 12 Months of Giving, a charitable arm of CronArtUSA, which champions organizations like GoDocGo and TMI Project. In the past, CronArtUSA has partnered with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and will soon announce a new initiative with a New York City based not for profit.
Life in the Catskills
Ryan lives with Melanie and their three children at the foot of the 'Gunks in the Catskills with their dog Loretta and their miniature pony Violet.