Ryan T. Schmidt is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas working primarily in stainless steel with its brilliant properties for more than 15 years. While he is known for his contemporary abstract designs of sweeping arcs, smooth lines and curves in triangular form and mirror-polished finish, he also translate ideas of shapes, figures, and even corporate logos into his own interpretation of 3-d form. He has worked with cast aluminum and bronze, but relies on the everlasting virtues of high-grade stainless steel that is able to achieve its own kind of energy while withstanding weather conditions. Atmospheric curves and organic movement are reflected in the mirror of the sculpture making for a fluid composition. It enhances the implied motion of the sculptural forms invoking the viewer’s imagination for inspiration. Simplicity and importance of life is what he is encouraging through the reflections of sculpture.
Schmidt spent most of his childhood years in his father’s handcrafted playground business learning to work with wood, metal and plastic. His creative interest started at the early age of five in Origami and Constructs. Then, furthered studies in photography, painting, drawing, color in design, printmaking, ceramics, and finally transitioned into sculpture. After studying art at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Schmidt began a career combining water fountains and outdoor sculpture into the landscaped environment in 2002. Eventually, Schmidt’s strong artistic vision compelled him to open his own studio and led him to sculpt in stainless steel. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and spent 5 years to focus more on producing sculptures while establishing his gallery relationships. He returned to his hometown in 2015 to expand the production of sculptures.
Many of his sculptures are regarded more as monuments, and grace public waterfronts, corporate headquarters and private estates worldwide. In recent years, Schmidt has exhibited throughout California, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, and Taiwan. He won “First Place” at the Hot Springs 4th Annual Sculpture Showcase in Arkansas (2009), “First Place” at the 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival in California (2013), placed in the “Top 25” at Art Prize in Michigan (2015, 2017), “Third Place” Sculpture category at the 54th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival (2017), and recipient of Proskauer Prize at the National Sculpture Society’s 85th Annual Awards Exhibition for his Rain of Faith Sculpture (2018). Schmidt’s corporate installations can be found at the Taiwan International Contemporary Artist Association in World Trade Center Taipei, BankUnited Building at the Financial District Downtown Miami, Florida, and Amway Botanical R&D Center in Wuxi/Shanghai, China; and his public works in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Northglenn, Colorado, Little Rock, and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is represented by galleries in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Aspen, Miami Beach, Dubai, New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.
“My goal is to fully realize these concepts from the images in my mind, in a way that the sculpture is able to create a mood,” Schmidt said. “And then it changes in a moment with the season and in a completely seamless and natural manner.” His mission is to provide those who experience his artwork with an enhanced sense of how constructed beauty can interplay with the natural world, our sense of aliveness, and be poetic and transparent in conversation with what we see as static or constant; and to share the gift of inspiration through reflection with the passion for stainless steel. He also desire to build sculptures that will last for many generations to come.