Ryan Loeppky is originally from Blumenort, Manitoba. Ryan has been a professional artist for over 15 years mostly exploring painting and drawing as the basis of his work. He has received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours and Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba. Ryan has been a Visual Arts Instructor for 12 years and more recently, served as the art consultant for Hanover School Division. He currently is teaching full time art at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School. Ryan is currently the President and SAGE co-chair for the Manitoba Association for Arts Education.. He founded the Blu Art Collective, an after-school program allowing rural kids in grades 9-12 to have access to studio space and equipment to further their art making and creative processes.
Ryan’s artistic process is fueled by his hunger for constant learning and explains the wide range of styles that he explores in his work. His main medium is oil paint, but explores other media as a way to further grow in connecting the viewer to the artwork. His output is diverse in subject matter as well as technique, such as his interest in contrasting viscosities of oil paints meant to evoke a visceral reaction in the viewer. Some of his influences include local artist Luther Pokrant (a childhood mentor), Rembrandt Van Rijn, Mark Rothko and Caspar David Friedrich.
Some of Ryan’s more recent works include a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion, Steinbach Branch #190. This work, honouring the Allied soldiers during the D-Day invasion, hangs in the Mayor’s office in Steinbach, MB. His commissions include those for clients, friends and family, which he values greatly, most recently; a painting for his brother based on a hymn of the “story of the fishermen casting their nets”. This abstract painting depicts the vast space of the sea along with the density of the nets being filled to overwhelming capacity.
Ryan lives with his wife and three kids in Winnipeg, Manitoba.