Born in Los Angeles and raised in Minneapolis, Ryan Werbalowsky, 24, has been creating surrealistic art ever since he could hold a pencil.
Werbalowsky is very versatile when it comes to mediums, often delving into the 3D but more recently has been creating 2D works utilizing Prisma Colors (colored pencils). Currently a student at MCAD, Werbalowsky is studying to become a concept artist for science fiction films.
Werbalowsky has a wide range of styles which can be viewed on his instagram feed 'instalowsky'.
I am a 24 year old artist from the Twin Cities enrolled at MCAD and actively searching for ways to display my work to the public for the simple goals of fame and fortune, not necessarily in that order. I work primarily with Prismacolor and #2 pencils and I try to evoke a bizarre perspective shift in my audiences, providing a glimpse of an alternate reality as my idols Dalí and Escher have done for me.
Much of my inspiration comes from my dream state which I look forward to visiting every day. These waking dreams are my personal virtual reality where I explore a range of visions, some of which I can translate to paper. In high school teachers and friends would sometimes complain that I was in another world; I realize now they were right.
I began to immerse myself in my artwork in 2013, spending three months camping out in the woods with a sketch book. Instead of utilizing the nature around me for inspiration however I turned inward to my worlds, for the first time actively seeking inspiration and calmness in what could have been a very stressful environment. I began to use my sketchbook as a storage space for all the crazy and stressful thoughts going through my head, transmuting my angst into my art.
My humor and personality have always been "acquired tastes", making my school days difficult and often painful trying to fit into a social environment that I was unable to decode. Truthfully I am still uncomfortable with most social interactions, but I have a strong desire for love and friendship that has always been difficult to attain. One of my main goals with my art is to achieve notoriety and acclaim, allowing me to bridge my social difficulties to find relationships and love on a path which bypasses my social dysfunctions. I am a loner who doesn't like being alone, which creates some real energy for my art but unfortunately unhappiness as well. I'd love to portray myself as a selfless artist dedicated solely to creation, but I can't pretend I don't crave the attention, parties and adoration that swirled around Warhol and Dali. My Dad says that would ultimately be empty and I say fine give me a few decades of that particular emptiness and then I'll try something new.
A friend says that the children and elderly are the best judge of art as they just react to the piece rather than any expectation or social pressure. By that light I have been judged well by those groups. I am at core an optimistic pessimist, always down on myself but confident in my art and in the pursuit of my goals which seem far away, but closer than they've ever been.