Bryan began studying the visual arts first in Princeton, NJ where he attended public high school. From an early age, Bryan took part in adult figure drawing courses at the Princeton Arts Council. A fond memory from childhood is that in the fifth grade, Bryan was selected to draw and paint a mural in the hallways of Littlebrook Elementary School of spaceships that he created, in the spirit of the Star Wars saga. By middle school and high school, Bryan excelled in visual arts, creative writing, performance, and also video productions; he was chosen to be the cartoonist and business manager for the student newspaper by an award-winning staff; additionally, Bryan also starred in a play that took place in Spoon River, Illinois, performing the play from church to church, where in public, Bryan learned the importance of gesture, action, and performance. Additionally, all throughout his high school years, Bryan studied drawing and took visual art courses. For college, Bryan double-majored at the prestigious Brown University Ivy League college, with a concentration on international diplomacy, and he received (concurrently) a second BA in English with an Honors in Creative Writing. As an extracurricular during those busy years, Bryan co-founded a college publication that today still serves Brown and RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design). For that publication, Bryan arranged funding, wrote articles, selected art work and layouts, edited, managed, and personally trained staff, including two-time Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, David Rohde. At Brown University, Bryan first decided and planned to become a movie director, believing that film collectively combined the visual arts, creative writing, photography, and performance, in a medium that makes use of all sensory perceptions. In his pursuit, at that time, Bryan worked alongside student director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity etc.) for the BTV cable station, producing programs and learning to direct entertainment. In 1992, living in New York City, Bryan was selected and served as Martin Scorsese’s first student apprentice at the legendary motion picture director’s company, Cappa Productions. In that capacity, Bryan supplied movie ideas, provided assistance in Mr. Scorsese and Ms. DeFina’s archive, and also reviewed films during the preparation years for Scorsese’s Las Vegas story, Casino (1995). In 1997, Bryan received an MFA from the School of the Arts at Columbia University.
In 1998 until 2008, Bryan lived in New York and Los Angeles, where he worked on Wall Street and in business, including having a role in spearheading the ‘new LCD television market’ for the expanding consumer electronics industry. In Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, Bryan specialized in importing flat screen panel televisions for suppliers in North America (i.e. Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Costco, and Sam’s Club, etc.). In 2008 Bryan retired from business and he began again to pursue creative expression, with his primary goals in filmmaking, writing, and the visual arts. Having relocated to San Francisco to stay with family, in 2012, Bryan had two inspired meetings, first with George Lucas and then with Francis Ford Coppola. Following this, Bryan began to work feverishly on The Folded X, a 700-page science fiction series, inspired by the great entrepreneur and filmmaker’s X-Wing Fighters from Star Wars. In 2014, Bryan self-published The Folded X as a test, garnering nearly 10,000 readers, prior to choosing to put it on hold. Following, Bryan then began again to focus on his visual creative pursuits from the last decades of the 20th century by immersing himself in art. At this time, Bryan is completing drawings from a new and original space story, inspired by his work on the sci-fi story, The Folded X.
My pursuit of the visual arts has everything to do with every other part of my efforts to create something new for the world that is a contribution to society—all societies. My faith is my compass to guide me in my works, and my optimism and trust in the truth is the path that I take whenever I pick up a brush, a pencil, or any utensil to make art. Every great effort begins with a small mark. Let my legacies be replete with passionate feeling and a lasting endowment.