Influenced by artists such as George Condo, Allison Schulnik, Philip Guston, Jim Nutt, David Altmejd, Remedios Varo, and Siennese Renaissance painters such as Il Sassetta, Ryan Michael Ford's lavishly painted surrealistic work melds humor with idiosyncratic sci-fi narrative. His exuberant creatures greet their world with a giddy openness, floating through psychedelic landscapes, effortlessly surpassing gravitational limitations. Although Ford's paradise can seem unattainable, the magic of his alternate world is meant to mirror the blissful qualities of our own.
Ryan Michael Ford was born in Waterbury, CT, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, in 2002. He has exhibited internationally at the Essl Museum in Vienna, and Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen. In New York his work has been included in exhibitions at Luhring Augustine, Greene Naftali, The Hole, Parlour Gallery, Harbor Gallery with Regina Rex, Outlet Gallery, Storefront Ten Eyck, Graham Gallery, Rivers Gallery, Rare, and Factory Fresh Gallery, among others. Press includes The New York Times Magazine, Art F City, Hyperallergic, ArtNet, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the Huffington Post.