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Ryan Humphrey grew up in a small town in Ohio building things in his yard, riding BMX bikes and skateboarding. After high school he was a Freestyle BMX instructor at Woodward BMX Training Center. He then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the next three years to work at The Carnegie Museum of Art and obtain a commercial art degree where he developed an interest in contemporary fine art. This inspired him (along with a scholarship) to attend Ohio University where he earned his BFA in Sculpture.  After moving to New York City he received his MFA from Hunter College, paying his way through school by working at The Dia Center for the Arts. After attending The Skowhegan summer residency program in Maine he worked for The Andy Warhol Foundation and participated in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. He was also a contestant on Season One of Bravo’s Top Design. He has exhibited extensively. He currently lives and works in New York City.


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
- Calvin Coolidge

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no woman could have ever dreamed would have come her way.  Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Begin it now."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!"
- Mickey Goldmill from the film Rocky

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.”
- Winston Churchill



1971, Ashtabula, OH

Lives and works in New York City


Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York, NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY

BFA, Ohio University, Athens, OH


Fast Forward, Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia, The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Darkness at Sunrise, window display, Moschino, New York, NY

All or Nothing, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY

Divine Objects of Hatred – remix version 1.0, Ice House Gallery, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
If you want blood, (you got it),
installation, Scope Art Fair, New York, NY

Ryan Humphrey: Empty Thoughts, Lame Excuses & Decorative Lies, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Divine Objects of Hatred
, DCKT Contemporary, New York NY

Diver Down
, Road Agent Gallery, Dallas, TX

Six Feet Under
, White Box, New York, NY

Ghost Ride (performance), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Superstore, Kantor Gallery, New York, NY

Leave the Motor Running
, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

More Harm Than Good
, Ashtabula Arts Center, Ashtabula, OH 

Thrill Seeker, Rocket Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

Humphrey Industries
, Green Barn, Sagaponack, NY

Streets of Fire, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

The End of Silence, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Am I Evel? Glenville State College, Glenville, WV

Ryan Humphrey, U.A.L. Alternative Space, Athens, OH


Queens International 4, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
The Crest Hardware Art Show, Crest True Value Hardware, Brooklyn, NY
Kalospectra, Aloft Richmond West, Glen Allen, VA

The Crest Hardware Art Show
, Crest True Value Hardware, Brooklyn, NY

The Expanded Painting Show, MASH Miami, Miami, FL
Road Agent: The Audience is Listening, Road Agent, Dallas, TX
Guns and Ammo, Gallery 40000, Chicago, IL
Sensorium, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY

Whitney Independent Study Program
, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

, PS 122, New York, NY

Sci-Fi Lullabies
, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY

The Matthew Barney Show
, Jack the Pelican Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

I woke up in a strange place…, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY

Will Boys be Boys?: Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, curated by Shamim M. Momin, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

The Twilife, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

Wiggly World: Views from the Breeding Ground
, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

Psionic Distortion
, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan

, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, Canada; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Pop Rocks, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

Bootleg Identity, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

Five by Five: Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art
, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, New York, NY (catalogue)
POP Culture Road Show, British Khaki Showroom, New York, NY
Second Sight, Hunter College, New York, NY (catalogue) 

Possible Futures: Pop Fiction and Pop Mechanics, The Susquehanna Art Museum,
Harrisburg, PA Milton Hershey School Museum, Hershey, PA


The Art of Collecting - IV, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Works in Public Spaces
, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Weight As Real
, House Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Economic Benefit, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Masters of Fine Art Thesis Show, Hunter College, New York, NY

Books Projects Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

Ashtabula Arts Center Annual Juried Competition, Ashtabula, OH
Senior Group Exhibition, Trisolini Gallery, Athens, OH

Ohio University Spring Show, Main Gallery, Athens, OH
Reclamation, Guerilla earthwork drawing, Columbus, OH

Works on Paper, Main Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Ashtabula Arts Center Annual Juried Competition, Ashtabula, OH


Product Grant / Sponsorship, Sub Zero

Product Grant / Sponsorship, Wooster Products
Product Grant / Sponsorship, Marsh Shipping Supply

Product Grant / Sponsorship, Vans
Product Grant / Sponsorship, Skyway Recreational Products
Product Grant / Sponsorship, Knaack Manufacturing
Product Grant / Sponsorship, Skatelite

Harriet Anderson Memorial Award, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Liquitex Excellence in Art Grant, product grant from Liquitex Corporation


Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, 2008 Year of the Truck campaign, Cleveland, OH

Beastie Boys concert poster, The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

RadioShack, sound piece/painting for corporate headquarters, Dallas, TX


Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
Radio Shack, Dallas, TX


“Trans Ams as Art”, Pontiac High Performance, October.

Marsh, Lisa. “Moschino’s Art and Commerce”,, October 17.

Baker, Ashley. “Parties, Parties, Parties…On a Wednesday!”,, October 15.

Carlson, Liz Reap.  “Bicycle: People + Ideas in Motion - Ryan Humphrey: Fast Forward”, Bicycling Magazine, October.

Newhall, Edith. “Bicycles Put Art in Motion at the Moore College Gallery”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28.

Rea, Steven. “Bicycles Built for Art”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 25.

Miller, Niesha. “Bicycle: People + Ideas in Motion”, Philadelphia Citypaper, June 24.

LaCava, Stephanie. “Need it Now: Whitney Art Party Dress”, Vogue, June.

Trapasso, Claire. “Best Spokesmen for Boro, Museum”, Daily News, May 12.
Tunney, Brian. “Fast Forwards Art Show Heads to Philly: A BMX-inspired Art Show”, ESPN BMX Blog, May 12.
Terra, Kieth. “Fast Forward: Dizz Hicks, Art & Freestyle Collide in Queens, New York”, Ride BMX Transworld, May.

“Pedal Culture”, New York Magazine, April 19.

Cotter, Holland. “Art In Review – ‘Queens International 4’”, New York Times, April 10.

Drozda, Anna. “Art Talk – Inside Tracks,” ARTnews, April.

Dolecki, Rob. “Repo: Fast Forward Art Exhibit NYC”, Dig BMX Magazine, March/April.
Join Artist and Freestyle BMX rider Ryan Humphrey and BMX legend Dizz Hicks as they discuss Ryan's participatory BMX art exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art,” PressPass.TV, March.

Sickler, Erin, Ed. Queens International 4. Queens, NY: Queens Museum of Art, pp. 15, 56 - 57.

Queens International 4 Show Highlights Latest Efforts by Emerging Artists,” Daily News, February 6.

Lee, James Y. and Ashlea Halpern. “Your Perfect Weekend: Saturday, Jan. 24,” Time Out New York, January 22-28.

Simon, Stephanie. “Queens Museum of Art Unveils Its Fourth Biennial.” NY1, January 23.

Cashdan, Marina. “Survival of the Hippest”, Manhattan, November/December, pp. 98-103.

Pak, Eudie. “This is Our Country”, The Village Voice, September 17-23, p. 34.

Work by Ryan Humphrey at the DPA re: FORM Art Auction,” Modern Art Obsession, August 21.

Weinberg, Adam D., and Shamim M. Momin. Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria : 25 Years.

New York: Yale University Press, pp. 121, 184.

Terranova, Charissa. “Ryan Humphrey: Diver Down,” Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 26 No.5, June, p. 77-78.

Terranova, Charissa N. “Pimpin’ with a Mullet: Artist Ryan Humphrey riffs on hot-rod and rocker culture,” Dallas Observer, October 5.
Bennett, Lennie. “Boys to me,” St. Petersburg Times, May 21, 2006.
Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review: Whitney Independent Study Program,” The New York Times, May 12.
Ramspott, Becca. Ryan Humphrey: Empty Thoughts, Lame Excuses & Decorative Lies, exhibition brochure, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Will, Jesse. “Show Pieces,” House and Garden, October, p. 197
Korotkin, Joyce. “The Twilife,” M Magazine, January

Korotkin, Joyce “Ryan Humphrey”, Tema Celeste, September
Ribas, Joao. “Ryan Humphrey,” Flash Art, September
“Monday Currents,” The Star Beacon, January 5, Section B

Time Out New York,
illustration, Jan. 1-8, p. 56

Ocana, Damarys. “Adrenaline Crush,” Street Magazine, Oct. 24, p. 53
Moshkovits, Boris. “Fahrürgnugen,” Berliner Magazine, Fall
Ebony, David. “Front Page; NYC Art Fairs Provoke and Promise,” Art In America, May, p. 45

Kinsella, Eileen. “Scope Art Fair Comes Into Its Own,” Art Newsletter, March 18

Valdez, Sarah. “Bootleg Identity,” Time Out NY, June 27 - July 4
Varnell, Elizabeth. “Auto Erotic,” Surface, February, p.52. # 33
Gladman, Randy D. “Ryan’s World,” Smock, Volume 2, No. 1, pp. 92-98

Madar, Chase. “Ryan Humphrey,” ARTnews, December, p. 143

Chambers, Christopher. “Ryan Humphrey,” Flash Art, Nov. – Dec., pp. 93-94

Valdez, Sarah. “Ryan Humphrey,” Art in America, May
Levin, Kim. “Ryan Humphrey - The End of Silence,” (*) Short List, The Village Voice, January 11, p. 70
Hunt, David. “Ryan Humphrey - The End of Silence,” Time Out New York, January 6 - 13

Henry, Max. “Gotham Dispatch - Ryan’s chop shop,” on-line review,, Dec. 1999 - Jan., 2000

Sand, Olivia. “Artist of the Month,” New York Contemporary Art Report, Dec. 1999 – Jan. 2000
Johnson, Ken. “Ryan Humphrey,” The New York Times, Dec. 31
Watson, Simon. “Ryan Humphrey: The End of Silence,” Simon Says First Look, December, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp. 12

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