Michael S. Ryan has been a painter for 40 plus years.  Trained in the late 60s and early 70s as an abstract painter, he has concentrated in the last 30 years on colorist impressionism, featuring both landscape and figurative subject matter.   He studied under Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, and Michael Tyzack at the University of Iowa, as well as, at Old Dominion University and Drake University.  Ryan is a teacher, as well as, a full time painter.  He is widely known for his colorist theories.

Ryan is honored to be included in numerous institutional, business, and private collections.  He is very proud to be included in both the University of Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art permanent collections.  

Ryan is represented by a number of galleries, including Catiri 's Art Oasis,  Amana Colonies, Artisans' Gallery, Iowa City, Weiler House Gallery, Fort Worth TX, and Wiederspan Gallery in Cedar Rapids.  Ryan is represented in both corporate and private collections in the midwest and west.