Ryan S. Brown received his BFA in illustration from BYU in 2002. In 2003 Ryan studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He began showing in galleries in 2004 as well as teaching at his own school, the Classical Drawing Academy. From 2004 to 2006 Ryan also taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, BYU, and Utah Valley University. In 2007 Ryan returned to Florence to finish his studies, graduating in 2008. Ryan won “Painting of the Year” and the President’s Award his final year at the FAA. Upon his return from Florence in 2008, Ryan opened the Masters Academy of Art.