Ryan Lauterio



Born in Southern California, Ryan Lauterio is a working studio artist whose practice is broad in scope and interest. Lauterio specializes in Painting, Drawing, Studio methods, Curation, and Art and theology. In 2006, He and his wife Laura were married and moved from California to Richmond, VA, where they live with their three beautiful children.

Lauterio holds a B.A. (’03) and an M.A. (’05) in Studio Art from C.S.U. Sacramento, and an M.F.A. (’09) in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauterio received three years of pastoral seminary-style theological training from 2011 to 14 through Remnant Church in Richmond, VA.

Lauterio is the Director and Curator of Shockoe Artspace, which he founded in 2011 in partnership with Remnant Church. Since its formal launch as a 501c3 in 2016, Shockoe Artspace has hosted numerous exhibitions from artists of both local and national acclaim. Lauterio’s work as a visual artist is published in New American Painter, Beautiful Decay, Sick of the Radio, Image Journal and more. In addition, Lauterio’s studio work is included in several private and corporate collections, including Capital one’s primary art collection. Lauterio has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Detroit, Richmond, Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Italy, London, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Taubman Museum.

Lauterio co-hosts with Dr. Garreth Blackwell an Art and Design Podcast called Shockoe Artspeak; Lauterio has co-directed with Photographer Nick Sietz a multi-award-winning feature documentary called the Builder. Art and Design are significant to all of Ryan’s work, co-founding, leading and teaching at the Maker Institute of Studio Art and Theology (Fall24). Lauterio is also a full-time Assistant Professor and Drawing Studio Area Head at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught since 2007 in the School of the Arts Art Foundation program. VCU has ranked Nationally as the number one public Art School for over a decade of Lauterio’s time there.

Artist Statement

My studio practice operates under the Lordship of Christ and His redemptive work in the world. At the same time, I also draw inspiration from the history of painting and the tensions that persist in human existence and longings. Over the last decade, this has played out through paintings sourced from and conversing with various modern and contemporary art modalities. I aim to reconcile that which is broken in the arts and what can be redeemed as a good gift expression. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras to Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Neo-Expressionism, and pop cultural imagery, I have sought to harmonize my paintings into discrete, fresh, visual wholes replete with particular attitudes that challenge viewers and art history and create visual apologetics that seek to hold thoughts captive to what is true, excellent and beautiful. From that standpoint, I aim to render meaningful humanizing effects in the eyes of willing viewers that challenge their affections. There is no neutral ground, and all art works in a way that is faithful to God or unfaithful.

Research Practice

 Written Work  
Made in the Image ofShockoe Artspace 
Plant a Tree, Save the WorldShockoe Artspace 
Dignified: Director’s IntroductionShockoe Artspace 
 Studio Work
BA, Studio Art
CSU Sacramento, 2003
MA, Studio Art
CSU Sacramento, 2005
MFA, Painting and Printmaking,
VCUarts, 2009

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