Ryden is the son of Barbara and Keith Ryden, born in Medford, Oregon  but raised in Southern California, in cities likeEscondido. He has two sisters and two brothers, one a fellow artist named Keyth Ryden. Ryden studied illustration and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, in 1987. His solo debut show entitled "The Meat Show" was in Pasadena, California in 1998. He currently lives and works in Eagle Rock, California, in a studio that he shares with his wife, artist Marion Peck. He has two children, Rosie and Jasper.
Ryden has designed album covers for musicians including Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Jack Off Jill, Scarling, Screaming Trees and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and collaborated with composers Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo) and Pietra Wexstun for Music for his 2003 "Blood" show.
Ryden’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a recent museum retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art. 
Ryden is also a subject of "The Art Army"...