In a world where manly sad dolls live alongside cryptic creatures, Mark Ryden from Oregon developed his own way of painting, a style now called “Pop Surrealism”.
It was back in 1990 when Ryden presented the world with his very own style. There’s something about his oil paintings that totally redirect us to a time and place in history where his baroque and enigmatic figures guide us throughout our nostalgic childhood dreams with, and here we dare to say, a pinch of a nightmare.
Besides the cute shapes and appealing forms, somehow his art conquers us in a subtle way that made us stare through the details of every image, sculpture, draw or paint.
He seduced us by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed art. The carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance full of ornaments that accentuates the drama to their enigmatic themes.
In 1987 Ryden received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. 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 “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art. Ryden was recently commissioned to create the set and costume design for a new production of Whipped Cream, put on by the American Ballet Theatre with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Whipped Cream is based on Schlagobers, a two-act ballet with libretto and score by Richard Strauss that was first performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924.