Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long winters, he spent much of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities, and making Super 8mm films. Early influences include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. His illustrations have appeared regularly in many publications including Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, and Esquire in addition to gallery shows across North America and Europe. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his wife Marinda and cat Louis.