Born in Winnipeg in 1991, Ryan Dyck took up drawing with graphite at the age of 4. His first major exposure to painting was in grade 11 and his interest grew from there. In his latter years of high school, Dyck was hospitalized for 5 months and diagnosed with schizophrenia. After returning to high school and graduating he had the opportunity to further his recovery at Artbeat. In this arts community he added abstract painting to his portfolio with the use of palette knives and acrylic paint. In his more recent abstract paintings, Dyck has ventured into painting animals using unconventional colors, inspired by Andy Warhol. From there, Dyck experimented with pouring medium here and there and all the while still paints with palette knives to this day.