Susan Ryan
Paper Mache Sculpture, Paintings & More


I have worked as a commercial and a fine artist for more than 40 years. I graduated from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, with a BFA in Illustration in 1971. I then began a career in advertising as a freelance illustrator, working with advertising agencies in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Chicago for the next 18 years. In the early 80’s I left the world of advertising and started painting in oils and playing around with paper mache. For the next several years I showed my paintings in solo and group shows in Southern California, and also completed numerous private commissions. In the late 80’s I created a line of wooden miniatures which I marketed to the wholesale gift market. This work sold in galleries and museum gift shops throughout the United States. About 10 years ago I went back to painting and paper mache, which I continue to focus on today. My paintings present an idealized world of city-scapes and gardens. My 3-dimensional work—trompe l’oeil sculpture and pieces created from recycled materials--suggest a world of spirituality, infused with elegance and ancient meaning.



Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA, BFA in Illustration, 1971, with Honors


1984    Paintings, Museum of North Orange County, Fullerton, CA
1985    Susan Ryan Paintings, The Improv, West Hollywood, CA
1988    Favorite Places, Huntington Beach Municipal Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
1988    Paintings of Architecture, Public Corporation for the Arts, City Hall, Long Beach, CA
2006    381, Seat for Social Justice, CRUCIAL CENTER, Buffalo, NY
2006    Forgotten City, Forgotten Dreams, Seat for Social Justice, NACC, Niagara Falls, NY


1985    Image 86, Burbank Chamber of Commerce, Burbank, CA, First Place
1988    Long Beach Art Expedition, featured artist/studio, Long Beach, CA
1988    Artist-Made Toys, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
1989    Long Beach Art Expedition, featured artist/studio, Long Beach, CA
1989    Sweet Chair-ity Auction, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
1990    First Annual Children’s Art Walk Painting Workshop for Inner City Kids, Long Beach, CA
1991    Images and Origins: Reflections of Women Artists, City Hall Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006    Music is Art Live, 3rd Season, UB Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY
2006    Embodiment, First Annual Members Show, Arts Council of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2006    Beyond the Barrel, Niagara Falls Arts & Cultural Center, Niagara Falls, NY
2006    15th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Honorable Mention
2006    Music is Art Live, 4th Season,
UB Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY
2006    National Exhibition—Fall 2006, Impact Artists Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2006    Seat for Social Justice-Celebration of MLK Day, Durham Memorial Church, Buffalo, NY
2010    What I Do Best, Western New York Artists Group, Buffalo, NY
2011    Modern Works, Western New York Artists Group, Buffalo, NY
2012    Artists Among Us, Burchfield Penny Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2012    Timeless Meditations—Mandalas & Patterns in Nature, Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2013    5th Annual Collector’s Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
2013    Play It Again, Sam, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2015    Red, Russian River Art Gallery, Guerneville, CA
2015    Anything Goes, Graton Gallery, CA, Honorable Mention
2015    Annual Small Works Show, Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, Honorable Mention
2015    Under the Influence, Invitational group exhibit, Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
2016    Anything Goes, Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, Honorable Mention and Third Place


Mrs. Freddie Fields, Beverly Hills, CA
Cher, Malibu, CA
Karen Schuler & Alfonse Ruggerio, Marina del Rey, CA
Tom Rodgers, Alexandria, VA
Gail Goldwasser & Mark Chatinsky, Beverly Hills, CA
Alan Gratzer & Nancy Taylor, Auburn, CA
Susan Seaberry, Oxnard, CA


Graton Gallery, Graton, CA