Leon Ryan was born in Sussex, England in
19767. He moved to New Zealand in 1971 at 3 years of age with
his family. He lived in Auckalnd for over twenty years, moving
to Ohakune in 1976 where he currently resides.
attended Panmure Bridge Primary School followed by Tamaki
Intermediate School and Tamaki College.
Leon has never
attended any sort of art school and is entirely self
leaving school Leon worked in the printing industry for
several years as a Foilstamping Machine operator. This was
followed by work in the plastics industry followed by a short
stint in a Brass forging factory.
Leon has always drawn but only really got
serious about art in 2003. Leon draws paints and produces
sculptures in various media. Some may consider Leon to be a
“Green” artist due to the amount of recycling of materials in
his work. This however is not his intention but is a by
product of his habit of using whatever is readily to hand.
His work is
often intuitive and very spontaneous. Other times it is very
deliberate and well planned. Leon tries to make each piece
different from the last, bold and hopefully interesting and