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. Additionally the exhibited works stem from a conscientious appreciation of political and cultural events, and the liberal leanings of his state. As a painter, sculptor, muralist and product designer he appropriates text and figures from his surroundings to reconfigure the world through art. With a history in guerrilla art practices, where he often placed works in the public realm to provoke discussion, this show is very much informed by his desire to tackle social issues through art.
Ryan Cronin was born in 1963 in the front seat of a late 60's Plymouth station wagon in New York. He continues to live and work in New York. He has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the United States and has completed several large scale murals including the silo at Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and a mural in Wynwood during Art Basel.