Orewiler was raised in Columbus,Ohio by craftsmen, teachers and artists. As a boy, he mainly created animals and miniature people with clay and often would draw animal, stories of Roman gladiators, Knights in armor, transformers and G.I Joe battles. His first cityscape was created when he was eight years old of New York City.
In 1993, Orewiler broke his neck (c5) in an accident that restricted him physically for several months. His goal of following his grandfathers and joining the military dramatically changed and enabled him to pursue and art career. Durnig that year, he began to build his portfolio and applied to several art schools and was awarded a scholarship to study at Columbus College of Art and Design and majored in illustration and focused in painting. After graduating, he began exhibiting his urban cityscape oil paintings in galleries throughout Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, New York and Berlin, Germany.
In 2002, he created his first abstract series called 44 Soul Series that illustrated organic and brilliant colors inspired by the affect oil has with water. In 2005, Orewiler challenged himself to create his second abstract series that were minimalistic geometric paintings called Metro Grid Series.
For over eight years, he has worked in his Franklinton Ohio studio at 400 West Rich and continues to challenge himself to consistently produce various bodies of work. His work has been collected by numerous corporations including Hilton Hotel, AC Hotel, Nationwide, Daimler Group, Abbott Labs, Hyatt and many others (see collection list here).
Several of his primary goals are to continue evolving as an artist, create unique innovative art installations, multimedia paintings, large scale public interactive sculptures and large public murals.
For over twenty years, Orewiler has donated his art annually to numerous charities and organizations that share missions to help support individuals, animals and the opportunity to impact communities.
2023 - "Anesidora 2.0" solo exhibition - November at One Line Franklinton
2022 - Fashion is Art- Columbus Fashion Alliance + Short Norths Arts District for Gallery Hop: juried and selected to exhibit The Melamacci Collection at Marcia Evans Gallery and Torso
2021 - Fashion Week Columbus - The Melamacci Collection by OREWILER juried & selected for VIP Finale designers
2020 - MURAL Project 22 - Organized and painted seven murals in six months highlighting: Mental Health, World Wildlife Fund, Socks for homeless - Bombas Socks, Holistic Healing - Chakra and U=me2 Murals, Gladden Community House and Columbus Humane Society.
2019 - Two solo exhibitions: "Places" at German Village Society -Meeting Haus and "BNC5" at Strongwater in Franklinton
2018 - Berlin Art Week - Berlin, Germany: Group exhibition "Raume 2": Exhibited paintings and art installations and painted on the Berlin Wall at Maurer Park.
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2023 - Columbus Underground: Top 10 Columbus Artists
2021 - Columbus Monthly: Seven Questions with "Chakra Mural" Artist Ryan Orewiler
2021 - Fashion Week Columbus - Orewiler's music used for two runway presentations - Darsy Amaya and Geraldo Encinas - view youtube runway video here
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"My entire life has been interconnected with art history and the aspect of constructing things. It is in my nature to appreciate the architecture and originality in each work of art and structure. My connection with these two worlds has influenced my concepts and art from the beginning. I'm mainly inspired by deep conceptual ideas, educating, telling stories, modern art, world history, urban life, culture, environmentalism, animal rescue, mental health, holistic health, mythology, and innovative art/ technology. My goal as an artist is to continue to grow and train myself using various media and all areas of art to fully understand each genre so that I can be better at inspiring myself and others who appreciate my craft. Currently, I'm enjoying the challenge of creating large scale works and collaborating on creative projects with other artists, designers, fashionettes, photographers, organizations and art enthusiasts." OREWILER
Main photo: Orewiler in his studio wearing his limited edition handpainted jacket "Dragone Biano" and "Revise Mona Lisa" shirt
- Photo by Edmund K Boateng
Second photo: Orewiler in his studio 400 West Rich in Franklinton
- Photo by @nvchris73 on Instagram