American, 1930–2019. Robert Ryman was a Minimalist painter born on May 30, in Nashville, US. After serving a few years in the army, he moved to New York to become a jazz saxophonist. He was inspired to become an artist following his rendezvous with noted artists at the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked as a guard. Ryman is known for his monochromatic paintings that explore a restricted color palette, like white on white and painting on surfaces like linen and jute. In Ryman’s works, paint is not employed as a medium but is the subject itself. He focused on the importance of how to paint rather than what to pain.