(b. 1989, San Francisco)
Ryan Bock is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Borrowing from the visual languages of Soviet Russia and Fascist Italy, Bock uses graphic stylization and his signature desaturated color palette to dehistoricize his subject matter. He points this style at everything from the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the post-9/11 American surveillance state, architecting paintings and sculptures that emphasize the cyclical nature of time by drawing parallels between past and present socio-political conditions. For Bock, history is a warning and must be combed through and reconsidered to avoid blind propagation of societal decay.
Since receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bock has shown at numerous galleries both nationally––New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, and Oakland––and internationally in Paris, London, and Prague, including seven solo exhibitions. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Christie’s New York and the Honolulu Museum of Art. During his time with Apostrophe NYC’s Base 12 Project, he participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Coney Island’s Luna Park, Mana Contemporary, and the MTA’s Kosciuszko Street J train Station. In 2019, Bock’s installation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, and subsequent solo exhibition Somnambulist were featured by Hi-Fructose Magazine, ARTnews, Observer, and artnet News. He currently shows with Ki Smith Gallery and Ground Effect (Paris), and has works in several prominent private and public collections.