Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Adrian0
Slickest in the Southwest – Ryan Singer
Who are you?
My name is Ryan Singer, Dine’ artist originally from Tuba City, AZ (my mom’s side) and Gray Mountain, AZ (my father’s side), and was born in Cedar City, UT (1973). I am a full time artist working in mediums; painting, drawing, sculpting, silk screening and mixed media.
Where are you based?
I work in a studio and live downtown Albuquerque, NM.
What is your background as an artist?
I started drawing when I was about 4-5 years old, pre-school / kindergarten age. I drew throughout my entire K-12 levels. Went to college and studied Forestry, and worked for a few years with U.S. Forest Service, then decided to go back to school for Art. I went back to school to study “Painting”, started at NAU (Flagstaff), then transferred to ASU (Tempe). Then started doing “Native” art shows such as the Heard Indian Market and Santa Fe Indian Market, in the early 2000’s. Have been doing art shows and galleries shows ever since. My first gallery show was in Phoenix in 1996, I was 23 years old.
How would you explain your creations in four words?
Where does your vision come from and what do you hope to accomplish?
I am constantly thinking of ideas, all of the time (24/7). When I get a good idea,I usually write it down or sketch it out. The ideas usually come from something in my childhood (nostalgic), or something personal to myself and how it connects me to the world. I am constantly thinking of angles or ways of using forms of communication, different ways of telling stories. I hope to accomplish the freedom to keep doing my art. It is a constant struggle, but it’s my way of communicating, almost a form of breathing. I would also like to influence others, especially people younger than myself to use their voices and be creative. Art can serve many purposes.
When you were young, did you ever imagine your work would inspire and motivate so many people?
When I was younger I never thought that I would inspire anyone,or motivate people to do anything. But as I have gotten older I realized how important it is now, to be sort of a “role model” for younger people. When I was younger I never had anybody really helping me along with my art or give me advice. The only person that has supported me from the beginning, was my mother. She always bought me coloring books, sketch books, paint sets when I was younger and encouraged me no matter what I did.
Could you please give our viewers some information about where they can see/purchase your work?
I have a website at: RyanSingerArt.com (merchandise on “merchandise” page)
I have a Facebook fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/RSingerArt
My email: RSinger73@gmail.com
Thank you for the questions. I appreciate this opportunity, and thanks for your support!