Ryan De La Hoz
Ryan De La Hoz
>> Ryan De La Hoz been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, Museums Press in the UK, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, Juxtapoz Magazine and Beautiful/Decay in the US. He has participated in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, LA and Seattle + group exhibitions in the United States as well as the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He thinks a lot about loss, hope, isolation, freedom from oppression, the destruction of natural resources, myth, magic, the pursuit of happiness. Ryan is most recently known for the artwork he contributed to the recent Male Gaze releases on Mt.St.Mtn. and Castle Face.
"The work of Ryan De La Hoz exists in a very particular world, a world comprised of hauntingly nostalgic paper cut outs and drawings that look like a spooky cartoon reduced to the absolute minimum of expression. Delicate flowers, leaves and skeleton gloves contrast with gaping holes filled with dizzying Op-Art to create a landscape that seems like Tim Burton got together with Henri Matisse to make their own paradise. The works are so simplified they leave it up to the viewers to project their own narrative on the scene. We each have our own idea of where each ladder leads, and what is hiding behind those geodes and mountains of slime. The compositions are mysteriously devoid of humans, yet laced with the shadows of human characters. The gloves of skeleton costumes pepper many of his works, as if to signify not only death, but a human representation of death. Another common symbol used by De La Hoz is the ladder, one loaded with symbolism. Ladders leaning into a spiraling abyss, or simply leading to no where, bring to mind the question of where are we going and where have we been. While De La Hoz does have the tendency to appear Halloween-ish, with his frequent use of pointed witches' hats, cob webs, skeletons and blobby mounds with gaping mouths, the work transcends the threat of kitsch in its minimalism and precision. We are drawn to wonder about the age old truths, about death and what is left behind, and about what is hidden and what is revealed." - Amir H. Fallah (Founder & Editor, Beautiful/Decay)
5.25 x 8.25" zine, 24 pages, saddle bound, black & white with color cover, limited to 200 copies