Hate it or love it, it’s hard to stay indifferent to a Mark Ryden piece. His singular style blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art, garnering attention in the 1990s when he ushered a new genre of painting, tagged aptly as “Pop Surrealism.”
Based in Portland, Oregon, his paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a career-spanning retrospective “Cámara de las maravillas” at The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga, as well as an earlier retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art.
“I’ve often said that it is the diversity of my inspirations that most defines my art,” he told Plastik Magazine. “I look at many things for inspiration. I collect and hoard lots of things and lots of junk. My studio and house is overflowing with stuff. I collect old children’s books, interesting product packages, toys, photographs, medical models, and religious statues.”
“I also have an extensive collection of books on art,” he said. “I love the old masters more that contemporary art, so most of my books are on artist like Ingers, David, Bronzino, and Carpacio with just a few contemporaries like Neo Rauch and Loretta Lux.”
Be sure to check his Instagram page, if you haven’t already.