Ryan Whelan was born in 1991, and raised in Torrance, California. He moved to San Francisco in 2009 to study printmaking. In 2011, Ryan relocated across the bay to Oakland. Now 26 years old, Ryan applies the work ethic and process driven mentality of printmaking to his paintings. He strives for a kind of contradiction to be present in his work no matter the subject: ordinary yet magical, simple but complex, and perfectly imperfect.