From an early age, Ryan like to draw. Taught by his father, an Industrial Designer, Ryan would study Design at UCLA and Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design. Ryan graduated with honors and started his career at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Ryan soon moved to Northern California at Industrial Light and Magic's (ILM) Digital Features division during 1998-1999 and to Lucasfilm from 1999-2004. He was a Concept Art Director on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Returning to ILM, Ryan was a Senior Art Director while working on War of the Worlds (2005).
Ryan made the move back to Southern California and pursued many projects as a member of Local 800 Art Directors Guild. Ryan worked as Illustrator or Concept Artist on such projects as Star Trek (2009), Transformers 2 (2009), James Cameron's Avatar (2009), Transformers 3 (2011), Disney's John Carter (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Star Trek into Darkness (2013), Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014), Godzilla (2014), Tomorrowland (2014), Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, as well as many video games and other design projects.
In 2010, Ryan won an ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design for Avatar.
Ryan rejoined Industrial Light and Magic in February 2014 and now works at Lucasfilm on many different projects. He lives with his wife Tracy in Marin County.