Ryan Obermeyer (born February 13, 1981 in Dallas, Texas) is an American artist who works in photography, drawing, sculpting, and painting. He is recognized for his surreal digital photographs that have appeared on album packaging for recording artists, book jackets, and ad campaigns. Obermeyer practices a style of digital photography by collaging and "painting" parts of many of his photographs into one seamless amalgam. Obermeyer digitally cuts and manipulates even single strands of hair or folds in fabric. This process leads to a classification of his work between photography and digital illustration. He draws freely from many influences including classic children's literature, mythology, biological processes, aquatic life, music, and film.
Obermeyer was briefly mentored by a painter at the age of 14 in Dallas. He attended college for a year in Texas before relocating to New York City for a graphic design internship in 1999. Obermeyer rose from office intern to contributor, undertaking illustration projects for clients that included The Juilliard School and The Glaucoma Foundation.
Obermeyer left the internship after a year and established the graphic design firm ON Company with partner Eric Neuner. Obermeyer designed and executed illustrations, imagery, and photographs for their design pieces. The New York Times praised them for "excellence in design" for their work with the World Monuments Fund. Many of the ON Company's clients were affected directly by the events of September 11, and the firm was forced to disband in 2002. Obermeyer returned to Texas to focus on his personal artistic endeavors.