Ryan Neumann

Ocala Magazine 2022 40 under 40

Ryan Neumann Ocala Magazine 2022 40 under 40

Name: Ryan Andrew Neumann

Age: 34

Occupation: Artist

Workplace: Resident Artist at Magnolia Art Xchange

When I’m not working, I…  play. Off days are unreal for artists. I’m always working but When I’m not painting I lay in my hammock as much as humanly possible. I take long hikes on the Florida Trail. I run and I write songs. I trade books with friends and spend days reading.

What I like most about living in Ocala: Exploring the nature coast from the Rainbow River in Dunnellon to the Ocala National Forest. This place is a wonderland.

My biggest pet peeve: Willful ignorance.

One word that summarizes my philosophy of life: Free.

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be…  The ability to heal myself

Community cause nearest my heart: FAFO’s Emerging Artists program. Although the Marion Literacy Council’s adult spelling bee at Mutiny was an absolute blast to be a part of.

A guilty pleasure of mine: I live relatively guilt free but I take a lot of unnecessary road trips.

Any person in history I could have a dinner date with, and why: Alexander The Great. To ask him if he knew there would be a library would he do anything differently? Like maybe set plans to fortify said library and protect the world’s collective knowledge from iconoclasm.

Favorite part of my profession: Being a part of an actual community of incredible humans and drinking wine with them at The Keep after every art show.

If there is one thing I indulge too much in, that would be… Information. Sometimes I can be overwhelmed by the intensity of my studies and get too excited about wanting to learning as much as possible. This can lead to burnout and mental fatigue.

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