Sculptor and painter, born in New York City, who sculpted in the manner of Jacob Epstein, who encouraged her. She attended school in Montreal and while still there first showed a bronze at Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in Toronto, entered under an assumed name, giving the family chauffeur’s address. She subsequently studied briefly with the sculptor Jean Camus in Paris, and spent four years as an artist in London before returning to America in 1938. She had a successful solo show at Cooling Galleries aged only 20, her subjects including Arturo Toscanini the conductor, Paul Robeson the singer and actor and Ellen Ballon, the Canadian pianist. Ryan continued to work for periods in Connecticut and London and showed regularly in Europe and America.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)