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Ryan Heshka

(Canada, 1970)

Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1970, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. His illustrations have appeared in Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New York Times, Smart Money, and on the cover and interiors of BLAB!. He has been selected to appear in American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. In addition to gallery shows across North America and Europe, he has produced the Mean Girls Club comic book and graphic novel, and the recently self-published comic book Frog Wife. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Marinda and daughter Roxy. He exhibited at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in 2013, 2015 and 2018, with an upcoming solo show in 2024.