RYAN WURMSER is a full-time studio-artist, writer, and teacher. He is a master draughtsman and painter, with incredible versatility, working mostly in oil and water-based mediums. He has a unique passion for deep inquiry into creative process and has developed innovative learning modalities to cultivate insight and imagination through inspiration. He has taught at California Art Institute, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, BACAA (San Francisco), Studio Escalier (France) and privately at his own atelier STUDIO 909 (Thousand Oaks, CA).
Wurmser has also worked as a conceptual and visual development artist in the entertainment industry. A brief list of clients includes Landmark Entertainment Group, Disney Imagineering, Spectra Entertainment, Renaissance Entertainment, Universal Studios and Paramount Studios.
His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the following: Forbes Gallery (NYC), Colorado History Museum, Denver Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Pasadena Museum of Art, Bennington Center for the Arts, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
In 2006, he was honored with the Gold Medal for Best Painting at the California Art Club’s 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of Art and also received the Grand Prize at the “Artists for the New Century” Exhibit (Bennington, VT). In 2015, he was awarded the Portrait Commission of Lord Martin Cecil, 7th Marquess of Exeter, for the Burghley House in England.
Wurmser attended Art Center College of Design and studied extensively at private schools including the California Art Institute, Associates in Art, Steve Huston Studio, LAAFA, Andreeva Academy, Studio Escalier (Paris/Argenton-Chateau, FR), L’Ecole Albert Defois (Les Cerqueux, FR) with Ted Seth Jacobs, and BLFA.
In 2019, he graduated with a Masters Certificate in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (USM).
In 2020, Wurmser received the Estudio Corazón Founder’s Scholarship to attend the Artist Residency at Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM). He has attended three consecutive artist residencies at Estudio Corazón since 2020.
In spring of 2023, he co-taught a Color to Composition figurative intensive at Studio Escalier in Argenton-Chateau, France, which he will be teaching again in 2024.