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  • Oct 9, 2010
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Mark Ryden paints wonderful and surreal pictures where he often blends very cute and childlike images with the macabre and horrorful. His paintings have an Alice in Wonderland feel to them and his painting technique is superb. http://www.markryden.com/
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Mark Ryden (born January 20, 1963) is an American painter.

Early life

Ryden is the son of Barbara and Keith Ryden, born in Medford, Oregon [1] but raised in Southern California, in cities likeEscondido. He has two sisters and two brothers, one a fellow artist named Keyth Ryden.[2] 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.[1]


Ryden's work has been featured in lowbrow art publications such as Juxtapoz[3] Hi Fructose[4] and BLAB!.

Ryden has designed album covers for musicians including Michael JacksonRingo StarrJack Off JillScarlingScreaming 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. [5]

Ryden is also a subject of "The Art Army"...

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