K. Ryan Henisey
K. Ryan Henisey is an artist living in California. Ryan’s art has appeared in locations throughout the Golden State. His fine art work is greatly influenced by life in LA, the queer experience, social justice, and his early work as a public school teacher. The titular piece of his series #ArtToEndViolence was awarded and Award of Excellence in Watercolor at the California State Fair, 2015. In August, 2014, Ryan also won second place in South Bay Contemporary’s All Themes Considered, a national show juried by Scott Canty, former Director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
Ryan grew up outside of Los Angeles on the border to the Angeles National Forest, spending his youth drawing, writing, and making creations out of any material he could get his hands on.
Ryan attended California State University, Bakersfield, earning his Bachelors in English and a California Teaching Credential. He was chosen as the Most Outstanding Credential Student, Antelope Valley in 2003. He returned a year later, earning his Masters in English in 2008. Ryan taught General Education, Fine Arts, and GATE in California Public Schools for over a decade.
Outside of work and his personal projects, Ryan is also a member and emeritus leader for Emerging Art Leaders Los Angeles, where he served three years as Communications Chair. Presently, Ryan works as a creative professional in Los Angeles, guiding internal change communications for a major travel and hospitality brand.
- Winner: Award of Excellence, California State Fair, 2015 #ArtToEndViolence
- Winner: 2nd Place, South Bay Contemporary Art Gallery, 2014 Out of the Darkness
- Winner: 3rd Place, Orange County Creatives Gallery, 2014 Bougainvillea
- Member: TAG Gallery and Los Angeles Art Association