Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Ryan Prado always had a creative eye. A graduate from The University of South Florida with a BFA in Photography, Ryan now calls New York City his home. His work ranges from the comical to the heartfelt, always with an emphasis on color and content. Influences include fashion, music, pop culture and the work of his heroes Guy Bourdin and Pierre et Gilles. Whether he’s feeding a young starlet to an inflatable shark or portraying a human cuckoo clock, his images represent personal memories and experiences that he hopes the viewer can relate to and walk away with a smile on their face. Lush colors, lavish settings, and beautiful models are just window dressing for the deeper meanings in his images. If you look hard enough you may see personal heartache, some kind of irrational fear or a fantasy that comes to life in an unconventional way.
His photography has been seen at the Tampa Museum of Art, in local and national galleries, and on the covers of the Tampa Tribune’s Friday Extra And Creative Loafing. His first solo exhibit in 2009 entitled “Ryan Prado Shot Me!” treated over 500 guests to a sensory overload of images, models come to life and live photo shoots. “Pop Shots,” his first solo exhibit in NYC in 2011 introduced a whole new audience to his work.
In the future, Ryan hopes to continue allowing viewers a glimpse into his world through his provocative yet endearing images. New work coming soon!!