I create paintings from my experiences and observations, portraying moments of bewilderment, tension, exhilaration, and fatigue as I encounter them in the real world. The act of transferring these moments onto canvas is very important to my process—by fleshing them out in paint, I am able to better understand the reality of these events. Each painting becomes a theater allowing the viewer to look in on intensely private situations and interactions between characters. The figures in my work are in the midst of a revelation that is self-created. They are caught in a climax that is the culmination of lives too carefully, and too carelessly, lived. The physical act of painting drives the work; putting the brush to the canvas is exceptionally powerful for me. I intuitively respond to color, composition, form, and surface throughout my process, allowing the painting to grow organically.
Ryan Schneider was born in Indianapolis, IN and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dresden, Germany; London, UK; Seoul, South Korea and most recently Toronto, Canada. He has also curated several group shows in New York, NY, including Everybody at Envoy Gallery, and With Teeth and For Pleasure at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art. Schneider is currently represented by Priska C. Juschka Fine Art (www.priskajuschkafineart.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).