KRK Ryden

KRK Ryden

KRK Ryden (b.1953) is an American visual artist. His surrealistic art style is reflective of his taste in cartoons and pulp art and his work is described as ‘colorful and visually appealing reflections on discarded icons.’ In 1977 Ryden changed his name from Keith to Keyth for ‘numberoligical [sic] reasons’ and to differentiate himself from his father’s first name.

Ryden took up the theremin in 2003 and created a band called Ken the Magic Corner God. With his theremin, and Josh Mcleod on keyboards, they recorded one studio album. Their most famous performance was with Mark Mothersbaugh as Booji Boy (a character DEVO created) singing the song ‘U Got Me Bugged.’

KRK has done work for the band DEVO. He illustrated DEVO’s ‘Brainwasher Magazine’ and did the cover art for the band’s ‘Recombo DNA’ release. He appears annually at the band’s ‘DEVOtionals’ held in Cleveland, Ohio. The day before each DEVOtional, KRK holds a solo art show at the Asterisk Gallery. He did a two-man show with DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh called ‘Dos Mutatos’; notable guests included Weird Al Yankovic and Jihad Jerry (solo project of Devo bassist and ‘chief strategist’ Gerald Casale).

Keyth, who lives in Martinez, California, is the older brother of visual artist Mark Ryden. He created Keyth Ryden Visual in the 1970s, which was later changed to Keyth Ryden Kreations, or KRK, which also became his professional name. He is contemplating changing it to Glob Studios.

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