Frank Ryan is a native Californian, born and raised in Marin County. Inspired by the landscape of his surroundings, he focuses on the immediate aspects of direct observation to find unique perspectives on the common subjects of his experience. Ryan draws from the historic themes of American and European realist traditions to reflect on contemporary American life.
His influences include Edward Hopper, the Ash Can School, John Singer Sargent, and Manet. Literary influences include Raymond Carver, John Fante and Charles Bukowski.
Frank Ryan received his MFA in oil painting from UCLA and his BFA from Sonoma State University. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Chicago. He has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times and his paintings have been featured in Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles