33: Ryan Gentry

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Ryan Gentry
See also: Open Source Project: Tempe's Latest Creative, Collaborative Space

Ryan Gentry is a Tempe-based artist and the arts curator of Cartel Coffee. Gentry is a painter and an illustrator who opened the now-defunct Open Source Project in Tempe. "My life is dedicated to all those that I love and the passions that I have for art and music," he says.

Ryan Gentry
I came to Phoenix with ... I was born in Tempe Arizona, and have lived here for most of my life.

I create art because ... without it, honestly, I do not think that I would be able to cope with our current human situation. It is strictly for my own sanity. It is a way that I can express myself and give something back to the communities I exist in.

Ryan Gentry
I buy art to support my friends that are in the same struggle that I am. I pride myself on the local artist collection that I have purchased over the years. All in which are people that I have encountered and have enjoyed time with at some point.

I am most productive when ... the feeling is right and the space is clear. Art for me is an intuitive process and helps me better understand myself and how I operate within our universe.

I gather inspiration from ... other people that are reaching for new planes of existence within themselves. People that do not accept the boundaries that are provided and wish to tear them down all together.

I have learned the most from ... my own self destruction and mistakes. Then came from watching, listening and asking questions.

Ryan Gentry
Good work should always ... speak for itself.. As for my Good Work ( being my own harsh critic) it doesn't seem to actually exist. There is only the desire to do something better than you have done before.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more cooperative efforts to break down any form of cliques and create more relationships that are concerned about the scene as a whole.
Less egos and more helping hands to make something unique. We all should be feeding off of each other in my opinion, we should all be focused on how to contribute and give freely.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson

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