Ryan Parra is a photography-based artist and educator living in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from California, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Oregon and earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Arizona State University in 2016. His work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally at numerous galleries. He was a recipient of the Dean's Fellowship award going into graduate school in 2013, the Nathan Cummings Travel Grant award to research flora growing in Alaska in 2015, and the Graduate Education Completion Fellowship in 2016, among many other honors. In 2014 he was commissioned by the ASU Health and Wellness Services permanent collection to document native medicinal plants growing in Arizona. In the summer of 2017 he did a residency in Joshua Tree National Park documenting useful plants through the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program. In the summer of 2019 he spent a month in Costa Rica as part of the Mesa Community College study abroad program teaching photography, while also documenting plants as part of his own research. He currently teaches at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College.