Rob Ryan (artist)

Rob Ryan (born 1962)[1] is a British visual artist who specialises in Papercutting and screen-printing. He is now most famous for his detailed paper cut outs. His artwork has featured in Vogue, Elle, and Stylist. He has also collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith.[1]

Ryan has illustrated book and album covers, including John Connolly's novel The Book of Lost Things, Erasure's album Nightbird, Louis de Bernières short-story collection Notwithstanding and Dara Horn's novel The World to Come. His first book, This Is for You, was published on 4 October 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton; it consists of a fairy tale told through his paper cut-out art[2] and explores themes of love and loneliness.[3] Ryan also creates the Global Gift greeting cards for the charity Trocaire.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Ryan was born in 1962 in Cyprus in Paphos to Irish parents Doris and Buddy Ryan who divorced in 1966. He is the youngest of three brothers and his father was an RAF mess hall officer. He studied at Trent Polytechnic and has a Master of Arts in printmaking from the Royal College of Art. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987.[1][5]

He currently lives in London with his wife and two daughters.


  1. ^ a b c Farry, Eithne (2007-09-15). "Rob Ryan: blade runner". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  2. ^ Buckland-Hoby, Hermione (2007-10-04). "Cut out and keep". New Statesman. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ Fulton, Lydia (2007-09-27). "Other worldly". Design Week. 22 (39): 15.
  4. ^ Nathalie (2007-11-19). "Robert Ryan and Trocaire". Design Undercover. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  5. ^ Clare, Dwyer Hogg (12 April 2008). "Designer Rob Ryan: Cut it out!". The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2011.

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