- Mark Ryden
Mark Ryden (left) with a young fan at "The Tree Show" (March 2007, L.A, CA)
Birth name Mark Ryden Born January 20, 1963
Field Painter Training Art Center College of Design Works The Creatrix
Clear Heart Grey Flowers
Ryden is the son of Barbara and Keith Ryden, born in Medford, Oregon  but raised in Southern California. He has two sisters and two brothers, one a fellow artist named Keyth Ryden. Ryden studied illustration and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, in 1987. His solo debut show entitled "The Meat Show" was in Pasadena, California in 1998. He currently lives and works in Eagle Rock, California, in a studio that he shares with his wife, artist Marion Peck. He has two children, Rosie and Jasper.
Ryden's first showing of his work was at the "Side Show" exhibition in 1994 held at the Tamara Bone Gallery, Los Angeles, California. His first solo show, "The Meat Show", Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena, California featured works such as The Birth of Venus, and The Pumpkin President. 
Ryden's The Tree Show exhibit in March 2007 at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles featured oil paintings and sculptures. The largest of the paintings, "The Tree of Life," which featured an intricately hand-carved forest frame, sold for $800,000 before the exhibit opened.
Kirk Hammett of the heavy metal band Metallica recently commissioned Mark Ryden to paint one of his guitars. Hammett is pictured holding the guitar on the cover of "Guitar World's April 2009 issue.
Ryden has designed album covers for musicians including Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Oingo Boingo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Screaming Trees, Scarling, and Jack Off Jill, and collaborated with composers Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo) and Pietra Wexstun for Music for his 2003 "Blood" show.
Ryden's professional art debut was his illustration for the album cover The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet by the band Oingo Boingo.
- The Art of Mark Ryden: Anima Mundi (2001)
- Bunnies and Bees (2002)
- Wondertoonel Paintings (2004)
- Blood Show (2005)
- Fushigi Circus (2006)
- The Tree Show (2007)
- The Snow Yak Show (2009)
- Ryden's artwork is on the dustjacket of Stephen King's novel Desperation and The Regulators.
- Ryden released a book with artist Marion Peck called Sweet Wishes.
- ^ a b Mark Ryden Biography
- ^ KRK Ryden Biography
- ^ Myers, Holly. "SHOOTING LOW, AIMING HIGH The strange trajectory of Mark Ryden LA Weekly Tuesday, March 20, 2007
- ^  Tomio Koyama Gallery/ Mark Ryden
- ^ "hifructose.com Mark Ryden's "The Snow Yak" show in Tokyo" February 12, 2009
- ^ The Snow Yak Show (Mark Ryden) in Tokyo Opening Night February 11, 2009
- ^ Guitar World Excerpt February 4th, 2009
- ^ McCormick, Carlo.  Juxtapoz Magazine "Mark Ryden - The Alchemist's Message"Jan / Feb 2002
- ^ Beale, Scott.  Mark Ryden Featured In Hi Fructose Vol. 3 February 23, 2006
- ^  “The ArtArmy Young Guns”, Copro/Nason, Santa Monica, CA Posted: March 14th, 2007
- ^ Galperina, Marina.  Mike Leavitt, the Art Army May 17, 2010
- ^  Ryden Peck wedding
- ^ http://twitpic.com/o53qg Ryden Wedding photo
- ^  Hi*Fructose Magazine. Sweet Wishes by Marion Peck and Mark Ryden Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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