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Ryan Roth

Ryan Roth, born on April 21, 1976, in Pittsburgh, PA, had an early introduction to the vibrant cultures of the South, having moved to the region at the age of one. Growing up primarily in the outskirts of Atlanta and eventually settling in Greenville, SC, the artist developed a deep appreciation for the region’s natural beauty and diverse landscapes.

Inspired by the transformative experience of becoming a parent, Ryan Roth discovered a profound connection to flowers, which found their way into his artistic expression. The birth of his daughter ignited a newfound appreciation for the delicate and fleeting nature of life, serving as a catalyst for incorporating floral imagery into his art.

With a BFA degree from Valdosta State University and a MFA degree in Drawing/Painting from University of Georgia, Mr. Roth continues to exhibit work across the Southeast. He has also participated in international exhibits in Europe and China. His talent and dedication have been recognized through numerous awards and honors, and his work can be found in both private and public collections. 

Currently, Ryan Roth is teaching at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. Before joining the faculty of FAC in 2012, Roth taught at The Ohio State University, Denison University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and The University of Georgia. He also was living in New York City working as an artist and for the top antique framer in the nation, Eli Wilner & Company. The company’s clients included, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the White House, Yale University, the New-York Historical Society, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, as well as many top collectors. Mr. Roth managed the graphic design of the company, creating digital mock-ups as well as installing, fitting and framing some of the world’s most famous paintings.

Through my artwork, I address the theme of careerism and its impact on society. I utilize flower paintings as a means to depict how individuals often become consumed by their careers, sacrificing personal well-being and relationships in the pursuit of success. By exploring the delicate and temporary nature of flowers, I symbolize the fragility of life and the fleetingness of time. 

In my paintings, I incorporate both the beauty of flowers and the harsh realities of the modern world. Images of office life and symbols representing the relentless pursuit of career success are juxtaposed with the delicate floral elements. This contrast highlights the tension between material success and personal fulfillment. 

My intention is to challenge the notion that professional achievement should be the ultimate goal in life. I seek to remind viewers of the importance of balance and self-care, encouraging them to reflect on their own lives and careers. By evoking a sense of beauty and vitality while delving into deeper meanings, my artwork aims to provoke contemplation and prompt a reevaluation of priorities. 

Ultimately, my work serves as a visual metaphor for the transience of success and the significance of nurturing personal well-being and happiness alongside professional ambitions.

Never Hurt a Fly

Year: 2021

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Strong Hold

Year: 2021

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Fighting for Crumbs

Year: 2021

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II