Hudson Valley artist Ryan Cronin made his entrance into the world, almost iconically, on a
hot June night 1972: in the front seat of a ‘60s Plymouth Station Wagon. His daring arrival
set the tone for his entire life. From a young age, Cronin’s father instilled in him the belief:
You can be a garbageman. You can be the President.
And so Cronin chose to be an artist, and he has filled two decades-worth of boards,
suitcases, walls, and more with Rust-Oleum paint, the staple ingredient in his original and
bold works of art.
Described as a modern adaptation of Pop, a Cronin original teeters between Abstract and
Representational. Each is a mashup of high and low culture, driven by a deep sense of color
and placement, marked by his signature iconography, and emboldened by a gloss finish. It
is accessible, emotional, and boasts a playful edge that constantly encourages its viewers
to have fun. Because, as Cronin regularly affirms: “I take having fun very seriously.”
Since the early 1990s Ryan has been approaching his practice from a place of inclusivity
and cultural awareness. Engaging in a dialogue surrounding the accessibility of art, Ryan
expands on the legacies of Robert Indiana, Philip Guston and David Hockney. With his
distinctly signature style and a desire to assimilate icons from his New York community into
a visual vocabulary, Ryan draws upon street signs and cultural markers as sources of
inspiration. As a painter, sculptor, muralist and product designer he appropriates text and
figures from his surroundings to reconfigure the world through art.
Cronin has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, art fairs, and public (mostly legal)
spaces across the USA. He’s completed several large scale murals at places like the
Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and in Wynwood during Art Basel. In 2015,
alongside his wife Melanie, Cronin opened CronArtUSA Headquarters at the Water Street
Market in New Paltz, NY, which houses a mix of his original works, museum-quality prints,
sculpture, as well as a line of wares designed by Cronin.
As passionate and global-minded philanthropists, Melanie and Ryan founded 12 Months of
Giving, to give back to causes close to their hearts. Each year, different charities are
chosen to be beneficiaries of the gallery’s fundraising initiatives to raise awareness and
funds that go directly to the not-for-profits.
Ryan lives with Melanie and their three children at the foot of the ’Gunks in the Catskills
with their dog Loretta and their miniature pony Violet.