Cordy Ryman was born in 1971 in New York where he currently lives and works. He received his BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education from The School of Visual Arts New York. He is a formalist who employs color, form, and light to create sculpture, painting, and installation art in a continuous cycle of making, reworking, taking apart, and reassembling. His focus on material drives him to save everything, often using scraps from his studio such as wood, metal, and found objects. Rather than starting with a blank canvas, Ryman repurposes materials from past works, creating geometric forms that mimic a traditional canvas.
Ryman’s work has been exhibited widely at public institutions including MoMA PS1, Long Island City, and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Gallery exhibitions include Zürcher Gallery, Paris/New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin. Ryman was the 2006 recipient of the Helen Foster Barnett Prize from the National Academy Museum. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Frieze, BOMB Magazine, Artforum, and Art in America. His work is included in the Microsoft Art Collection, Rubell Family Collection, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.