Ran Ortner is an American artist, surfer and passionate about the sea and the ocean, who creates impressive photo-realistic paintings of waves. Using oil paint, Ortner plays with great ease on the lights, the focal length and the details of his huge waves, making the result very realistic.
His background as a professional motorcycle racer influenced his interest in art. Drawn to the physicality and energy of motorcycle racing Ortner later transferred this dynamism into his approach to painting.
Ortner studied art privately in Canada and the United Kingdom. His conceptual sculptures and his paintings have been exhibited in Washington, North Carolina, California, New York, Belgium and Germany. Ran was also a lecturer at the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Belgium. In 2008 and 2009 his work was in a traveling exhibition, “Falling Short of Knowing” which opened in New York and traveled to Singapore.