Ryder Richards, born in September of 1977, grew up in Roswell, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Texas Tech University with a minor in drawing and architecture. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting on a scholarship from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Ryder has studied art in Italy, Spain, and Germany during his European travels. He is currently the Gallery Coordinator for Richland College in Dallas, Texas and a co-founder of the "RJP Nomadic Gallery" and "Culture Laboratory," a collective of American artists interested in the exchange of ideas and the social development of art in the 21st century. Richards' works have been exhibited throughout the Southwest and he is the recipient of several scholarships and awards for his achievements in art, including residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Vermont; Hilmsen, Germany and Portales, New Mexico.