Ryan Horvath was born in Peoria, IL and spent his childhood in rural, central Illinois. Horvath received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bradley University in 2009 and his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2012. While studying at Bradley University, Ryan’s love of drawing and sculpture coalesced when he carved and printed his first relief print. At that moment, his obsession with printmaking was born.
Ryan spent his formative years hiking and wandering in the creeks and woods of central Illinois. This instilled in him a reverence and love for the natural world that continues to this day. Ryan’s passion for the beauty of nature is reflected in his meticulously-crafted woodcut prints that depict humble, iconic objects from the natural world. Ryan’s work can be found in galleries as well as public and private collections throughout the country. He currently resides in Edwardsville, IL where he is an Instructor in Printmaking at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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10/17/2017: My new print Fallen Leaf no. IV was awarded third prize in the Decomposition exhibition at the Heron Marsh Gallery at Paul Smith’s College VIC! The print is available for purchase through http://www.bigink.org.
05/07/2017: Currently I have six prints on display at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. The exhibition, titled Seeing the Forest and the Trees vol. 2, was curated by Cory Card and will be on display from 05/05/2017 – 03/31/2018. I feel incredibly honored to have been asked to participate in this exhibition alongside seven fantastically talented artists. If you find yourself in the Adirondacks, stop in and spend a day. The Wild center has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Check it out: http://www.wildcenter.org/event/arts-evening-at-the-wild-center/
02/13/2017: I am so excited, humbled, and honored to have two prints included in the upcoming 36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition. If you are in central IL check out the exhibition. The exhibit will take place from March 11 – April 17 at the following venues: Heuser Art Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery, Prairie Center of the Arts, Studios on Sheridan, and the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. The opening reception will take place on March 11th and will be staggered between the venues.
10/12/2016: I am so honored be included in Big Ink’s upcoming exhibition at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fl. The exhibition will run from October 21 – November 10 in the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts. If you are in the area stop in to check out some great large scale woodcuts – including my woodcut titled Shell no. I.
09/28/2016: My artwork is currently gracing the online gallery of McClain’s Printmaking Supplies! I am very honored to have my artwork on display among such talented company. Please check it out: http://imcclains.com/gallery/2016.html
05/26/2016: I have just had 2 prints accepted into an exhibition titled Branches, Brambles, and Roots at View Gallery in Old Forge, NY! I am very excited and honored to have been selected to participate. The exhibition will run from June 25 – July 31 with an opening reception on June 25 from 5-7 pm.
04/06/2016: I have been accepted to participate in Big Ink’s Large Woodcut event at Whiteaker Printmakers in Eugene, OR on June 4-5. If you are in the area stop by and check it out!
03/04/2016: My artwork is currently being featured in the 2016 McClain’s Printmaking Supplies catalog! Please visit http://www.imcclains.com to order or download a copy of the catalog. The catalog is full of inspirational artwork from a variety of artists dedicated to the art of relief printmaking. If you are looking for printmaking materials, McClain’s stocks high quality tools and supplies and is the only supplier in the States for many materials that are imported specially from Japan.