Ryan Tramonte

It’s Just Art

November 01, 2019
The life of an art writer is not always easy. Gallerists waiting until the last minute to send me high resolution images, saucy assistants pretending they can’t attach a PDF, and let’s not forget the artists. We love you; you’re great. Who are YOU again?

Sometimes I just have to sit back and remind myself that it isn’t the end of the world, and that, inevitably, IT’S JUST ART.

So why do I keep throwing myself onto this sword for the sake of art, you ask? Good question.

I wish I had an answer for you that did not involve my low self-esteem and Catholic guilt!

Artist Spotlight LeLuna

July 30, 2019
I must admit, that until now, my only real fascination with superheroes was the spandex. I mean think about it: that smooth colorful fabric stretched across perfect biceps or tightly spread over a good six pack. Would any of us really think that Superman could fly if he were dressed in grey flannel pajamas? Hardly! See, I knew you’d see it my way. Now, what about those masks? You know the ones covering one eye, both eyes, their whole face, making them look like bats (which is kinda messed up, but I get it). The masks keep their identities a secret.

Wait For It

July 30, 2019
Being impatient is a cross I have to bear on a regular basis. I detest lines, I despise the words ‘please hold,’ and I rarely allow myself to look at a clock. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to be a teenager, when I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to be 30 and when I was thirty, I thought 50 was forever away. Growing old never bothered me and the faster I could get it done the better off I would be. Until June 20, 2019 when I finally reached my 50th birthday. (Wink, wink.)

Excellence... Anything but Plain & Simple THNOC Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina

May 01, 2019
Once upon a time, on a flight to a faraway land, a boy met a very wise man who shared a bit of knowledge. As the boy complained about stiff seats, weak cocktails, and being bumped to coach, the man told the boy that, often times, the best part about getting to a new place is the how you get there, more so than the destination itself. When the flight was over, and the boy decided that he had sat next to a crazy person all the way to London, he stopped and thought about the man’s words. Yes, the boy thought, I most definitely sat next to a crazy person.

Pack Mentally

May 01, 2019
If you know me, you know I have five of the most perfect dogs on the planet. Molly is the leader, Keppie is her twin side kick and henchman, Buddy is the cuddler, Mimi is the one with the pig tails, and Beaux Salvatore is the baby Jack Russell Terror (no, I didn’t misspell that, I meant to spell terror!). Life with five dogs is anything but boring. That said, there are some great perks that most people might not have in their lives: simple things, like I never have to take a bath alone, and I get unsolicited French kisses, sometimes from more than one tongue at a time.

A New Face for the Game

February 05, 2019
Makeovers are one of my favorite things. Even when we don’t need them, they provide us with the opportunity to see just how far we can push ourselves and our achievements. I have had blue hair, I have had red hair, I have had no hair; each time I reinvented myself, my own confidence grew knowing that I was one step closer to finding the me that was the best.

Artist Emilie Rhys has recently transformed her French Quarter gallery into a new and exciting show place for some of the city’s most important and influential artwork.

Hammer Time

February 05, 2019
When I finally realized that “satire” wasn’t a backup dancer for MC Hammer I was thrilled!

Anything to do with poking a little fun at things in this life is fine by me. I love to throw the proverbial “shade” if you know what I mean. Discreetly of course. You will never even know that I said anything about you. That’s just how I like people to talk about me too, securely across the room behind my back for their own safety.

Urban Grit and the Particles In Between

November 05, 2018
Never underestimate the power of coming home. I used to. I couldn’t wait to move away from my small-town Louisiana life and head for the big city. Any city, it didn’t matter, I just wanted-no, needed-lights, and action, and a functioning gas station after nine thirty.

Artist Spotlight The Art of Food K-Paul's and Matt Rinard

July 27, 2018
Chef Paul Miller of K Paul’s restaurant has cheat sheets. Well, I better clear that up before I get nasty emails. What I meant to say was Chef Paul Miller of K Paul’s has cheat sheets that are a cross between colorful comedy and well thought-out design.

I Prefer You

July 27, 2018
From the first moment I saw Molly Ringwald apply the shiny pink lip-gloss using only her cleavage I knew God had made the right decision in making me a boy. While I do have lips that could sink ships, if I had had that cleavage, I would have done far more scandalous things with it than applying lip cover up. Nonetheless, my appreciation for the art of it and the talent was present and accounted for. Some might say I have been blessed to be surrounded by talented people my whole life.

Change Is The New Black

May 07, 2018
I am scared to death of change. Change makes me as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof.

In August of 1987, the month I left home for college, I think I slept a total of ten hours throughout the entire thirty days. I would sit up and pour over my admissions paperwork, and my mind would race over the same subjects. Did I turn in all of my documents? Did I have the right backpack? Will people like me? Will I have enough moisturizer?