Ryan Edmund Thiel is an artist, designer, and photographer living in Chicago. After growing up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, they received a degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University in 2012 and completed a post-baccalaureate graphic design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2014. Upon moving to Chicago in 2015, they worked as a graphic designer and eventually revisited an exploration of photography after originally being trained in the darkroom during high school.

Ryan’s multidisciplinary work is a continual exploration of identity–how brands use language and visuals to craft a personality, how nuance, pose, and the gaze express an identity within a portrait, and how artwork can be a vehicle to express the interior life by using color, composition, form, and imagery. Empathy, inclusivity, and queerness form the bedrock of Ryan’s work.
General inquiries and collaboration requests can be sent to ryanedmundthiel@gmail.com.

Available for commissions.

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