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Artist Biography

Ryan Travis Christian was born in Oakland, CA 1983. Graduating with a B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University and now living outside of Chicago, he bides his time as an artist, curator, and writes for the Bay Area based art blog FecalFace.com. Christian has been reviewed on fecalface.com, Time Out Chicago, and The Comics Journal with a feature in the current issue of Beautiful Decay, “What a Mess”. Recent curatorial endeavors include West, Wester, Westest! @ FFDG, S.F. and Sports! @ Synchronicity, L.A., and Control C, Control V at EBERSMOORE. With an upcoming, 3 part project @ Western Exhibitions. He has exhibited work @ Dogmatic/Butcher Shop, Roots and Culture, Western Exhibitions, , FFDG, Synchronicity, and Infinity @ Scion Installation, LA. And will be showing work @ Space 1026, Guerrero Gallery, and POVEvolving.

Ryans’ images are constructed using abstract elements (pattern, and organic smoke/vapor like formation) comic utilities (like sub panels and motion lines) and old fashion cartoon iconography. He uses these components to anchor his story and or experiences so he can hopefully connect with a broader audience. “Not everyone loves That 70’s Show-esque, small town, stoner folklore.. I have always believed that the best art is a combination of first hand experience melded with visual devices that have withstood the test of time,and have been used and re-used through out history”.

 

Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
2007
BFA in Painting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
CAM, Raleigh NC

2012
Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA
Halsey McKay, East Hampton NY
It Ain’t Conceptual, with Alika Cooper, Cooper Cole, Toronto ON

2011
River Rats/RTC Collaborates, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL
Sad Sacks, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA

2010
Well, Time Makes Fools of Us All, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA
New Work, POVEvolving, Los Angeles CA
Antexspagna, EbersMoore, Chicago IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
Gin & Juice, Ivory & Black, London UK
Mohs Exhibit, Copenhagen DN
Living By Example,  Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL

2011
Group Show,  Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA
Double Breaks, Double Break, San Diego CA
Art We Like, Deer Run, Cambria CA
This Place In Time,  Cooper Cole, , Toronto ON
Chain Letter,  Samson Projects, Boston MA
Domestic Goods, curated by Ryan Wallace, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton NY
MDW FAIR, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL
New Chicagoans, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago IL
Territories, Marwin, Chicago IL
SweatBoxing, MAMA, Rotterdam NE
Objectivity,  Cornish College for the Arts, Seatlle WA
Heads on Poles, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL

2010
AH! Wilderness, EbersMoore, Chicago IL
Wreck The Walls, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Diverse Chorus,  SCOOP, Charleston SC
A Guide to Salvation, curated by Hilary Pecis, Space 1026, Philadelphia PA
PAPER! AWESOME!, curated by Brion Nuda Rosch, Baer Ridgway, San Francisco CA
Inaugural Exhibition” Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA

2009
Infinity, curated by Andrew Schoultz, Scion Installation, Los Angeles CA
East of Eden, Synchronicity, Los Angeles CA
Enigmatic Shadow,  Synchronicity, Los Angeles CA
CaBoom, Synchronicity, Los Angeles CA

2008
Titanium Expose, FFDG, San Francisco CA
NFO XPO/, Version Fest, Chicago IL
Chimera Frontiera,  Junc Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2007
Mutation Nation D.I.Y. Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Brown River, curated by Bert Stabler, Roots & Culture Contemporary Arts Center, Chicago IL
KlusterCrusts,  curated by Paul Nudd, Butcher Shop/ Dogmatic, Chicago IL

2006
Where All the D*cks Hang Out, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL

AWARDS

2006/ 2007 Cora Miner Fine Art Scholarship Fund

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2010
Fecalface.com (interview) online
New City (review) online

2009
Beautiful Decay, “What A Mess!” Book 2, pg. 100 – 115 (profile)

2008
The Comics Journal, “Yeah, But is it Comics?” Issue #291, pg.145 (review)

2007
Chicago Reader, “KlusterCRUSTS” June 7-13, Issue No. 119, pg, 75 (review)

VISITING ARTISTS/ LECTURE
2010
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

2009
McHenry County College

COLLECTIONS
McHenry County College
Private – Berlin, Chicago, LA, NYC, SF, Ontario