Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

My Friend Ryan

Ryan Rivera

Last evening I learned that my really good friend Ryan has passed away.I first met Ryan during Fine Art Studio Residency Program at School of Visual Arts in summer of 2001. We got along immediately. Although in recent years we were not spending as much time, as we both have been busy with our lives after school, but I still consider him as one of my very closest friends.

Last time I saw him was about a year ago in his new apartment doing potluck lunch party with Studio Residency alum. Ryan loved my  Guacamole  so much I gave him the recipe. He later that week called me and said he was eating the Guacamole all that week.

It is hard to digest this unexpected sudden news. All his close friends, including myself, are more confused than feeling sad. I spent most of last night half awake half asleep recalling all the fun memories we had together.

When we were still in school, I made a sketchbook documentary of his life. I decided dig up the pages and post here.

I know almost nobody who are reading this know Ryan, but his short precious life was worth knowing even if you didn’t know him personally.

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