Featured February Artist Ryan Trombley 

Native to Tampa Bay, Ryan Trombley’s art doesn’t take much but a glance to be pulled into one of his pieces.  


The Rialto Theatre has been highlighted for it’s open, breathtaking event and performance space, but a secret that must not be kept is our availability to display artwork and highlight the talent local here to the Tampa Bay area.

Ryan Trombley, 24 years old, holds and Associates degree in Arts and Business and is currently searching for art universities based in New York, Miami, or overseas. Though he has always had an interest in the arts, it hasn’t been until these past two years where he has taken it seriously.

The Process

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Before Trombley creates his paintings, he’ll usually goes on a stroll, relives memories or gets inspired from passing photographs. He’ll spend days pondering how he’ll excavate his piece and what messages he wants to relay through the images. He’ll take time to analyze his color palates, size, and feel for the painting. “I am terrible with numbers and ironically there is a lot of math involved.”

The Importance of Communication


Ryan wants to show the beauty of simplicity through his work. He emphasizes the troubles of humanity can overpower our happiness, but encourages balancing the two sides of life. “Too much simplicity will bring a boring, uneventful life; but too much complication with bring nothing but misery. There is a gray area to aim for, and that is where we should be.” Trombley uses modern shapes and clean lines to represent simplicity, but incorporates old world artworks like Da Vinci and Michelangelo, to contrast, which reflect his idea of balancing both aspects of life.

Work Transformation

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Trombley first based his work around basic shapes and color fields, but when he came across Kazmir Malevich’s work and suprematism, his worked made a complete transformation. Instead of using only one color in each shape like Malevich, Trombley explains that he uses multiple colors in the same shapes to create an abstract field of color. After his shapes it transformed to stacked lines to give a less tangible, dream-like image. Trombley highlights that many memories have influenced the transformation of his pieces including his religious beliefs. His past conversations about religion has opened his point of view on others’ beliefs.

Supporting the Arts


Trombley enthusiastically stated,”In this technological, business oriented world, art reminds us that we are still humans, and not robots […] art lets you release that creative side and let’s you do what you want, to make you happy […] and shows you that being what you want to be in life is more important than what society says you should be.”

Trombley believes that art should be funded because it gives us a fulfilling lift from routine and constrains on individuality.

Trombley’s work will be displayed until the end of February. Retreat from your everyday routine and find yourself entrapped in his geometrical alteration of Utopia.

Ryan Trombley’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.trombley.581?fref=ts

Interested in being one of our featured monthly artists? Contact hope.donnelly@8-countproductions.com for more information 

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