Ryan Pechnick is a Chicago-born, American artist based in Toronto, Canada. His artworks stretch across a number of disciplines including photography, sculpture, video, installation, and systems art and focus on where our scientific understanding and lived human experience of materiality and natural phenomena meet. 

Pechnick's art manifests his philosophical investigations concerning Epistemology (the study of how knowledge is formed and understood), Complex Systems Theory (an applied theory in physics that seeks to explain how form and order come out of chaos), Zen philosophy (a type of lived experience centered around contemplation and action), Environmentalism, Ritual, the male body, Masculinity, the Natural Sciences, Ephemerality (in opposition to permanence), and Esotericism (the study of occult meanings, symbols, and encoding privileged knowledge).

Pechnick studied Biophysics & Mathematics at Loyola University Chicago. He was a research assistant to breast cancer researcher Robert Nishikawa at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago as well as an intern at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  

He holds  an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media, and Design from OCAD University and a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. His outdoor sculptures are on permanent exhibition at ArtPark in New York. He has shown artwork internationally in solo exhibitions as well as in group exhibitions alongside the artworks of such artists as Roxy Paine, John Waters, and Jasper Johns.

Named one of "the 30 most exciting artists in Toronto right now" by blogTO in 2017.

He was selected in 2016 by Marianne Katzman of Katzman Contemporary gallery and Richard Rhodes Editor of Canadian Art 1996-2015 as one of 16 artists who are "actively raising the bar for Canada’s commercial art world".

Contact: ryanpechnick@gmail.com

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