Ryan Travis Christian

1983 · United States

Artist biography

Ryan Travis Christian is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other renowned artists such as William Sieruta , Cooper Jacoby, Severin Roesen, Cynthia Westwood, and Clinton King. Ryan Travis Christian was born in 1983.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ryan Travis Christian is represented and exhibited by two galleries. These are Western Exhibitions and LVL3 in Chicago, the United States. Ryan Travis Christian is at the moment exhibiting at Galería Javier López & Fer Francés in Madrid with the exhibition Bang bang play (27 February 2020 - 14 April 2020).

Ryan Travis Christian in private collections

Ryan Travis Christian's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Vetiver Books - Edward . This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Ruth Asawa, Choi Jun Kun, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Ryan Travis Christian

Ryan Travis Christian was born in 1983 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Ryan Travis Christian