Ryan Sanchez is an artist, illustrator, and author. He was raised as a latch key kid in the suburbs of LA LA Land, California. To keep himself entertained as a child, he drew on sidewalks, streets, walls, shoes, clothing, textbooks, and anything else he could get his hands on.
Luckily, he did not grow out of his passion for the art. Ryan went on to college and earned a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1995, and a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2000.
In 2002, he moved to New York to build on his street cred. Since then, his illustrations have widely been used in the editorial, advertising, and publishing world and have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 X 3 Magazine, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators.
After 5 years of grinding the pavements of the Big Apple, he quickly rose to through the ranks. During this time, his paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, London, Canada, and Switzerland. In 2007, Schwartz and Wade Books published Ryan’s first illustrated children’s book, Clara and Senor Frog, written by Campbell Geeslin. Later that year, he decided to slow things down…REALLY slow things down, and moved to the South.