Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Robinson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Houston Tx, both of my parents retired from the Postal Service. I went to Houston Community College (HCC) and graduated in 2013 to become a Certifed Fire Fighter. After a few years I realized that wasn’t the path I wanted to take anymore and began focusing on my art career full time. I began taking art classes and at an early age I discovered that I enjoyed being creative. I created my 1st painting in 2009 during the devastating events of Hurricane Ike. A few years later I sold my 1st painting for $200. At that point, I knew I could only get better as long as I took my craft seriously. If I stayed innovative with my ideas I would stand out as a visual artist and my clientele would grow. Ten years later, I’m still creating and my clientele is vast.
Has it been a smooth road?
Visual artistry can be extremely challenging as you progress through artist development. Once your skill level grows, so does your business, clientele, showings, and etc. For me the hardest part was transitioning from being such a perfectionist to having fun with my craft by embracing the trials and errors. At one point, I was making work that didn’t leave room for any mistakes which I was hard on me mentally and physically. On several occasions I have had to rediscover myself as a creator by toning down my own expectations. This allowed me to simply create from my imagination and let my hands do the rest. From that my new pieces became fun again instead of taxing.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I consider myself an innovator because I create memories and moments you want to look at over and over again. I make various types of sculptures/paintings from customs abstracts, portraits, wood crosses, and murals. I’m known for my 3D realism portraits. My most recent portrait valued at 20k consisting of magazines, rubber bands, diamonds, jewelry, denim fabric, and paint, truly one of a kind.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
It’s a bittersweet feeling, honestly, the city has many opportunities for artist growth but I also feel like the city has its hometown favorites. A lot of times just focusing on those few instead of giving the up and coming artists the platform when deserving to showcase their craft. Houston often has artist events going on, but I feel the city lacks an art district. If we had a district, I could see a lot of newcomers and residents who don’t know much about art being more appreciative and supportive.
- Small Custom Paintings: $250-450
- Medium To Large Custom Paintings: $500-$3k
- Custom Murals: $850 & Up
- Phone: 713-259-4677
- Email: RYUCANN@GMAIL.COM
- Instagram: @Double_lar