Caroline Ryan was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BFA in Painting, a BS in Psychology, and a minor in Art History. Her work consists of mainly figurative work done using acrylic paint, gouache and watercolor. Ryan uses photographs as the references for her paintings; these photographs are a mix of photos she has taken and old family photos, along with found photographs. Ryan references these photos to reflect on the relationship between photography and painting, and the ways that the two capture memories. Her work has shown in a variety of galleries including the Asian American Resource Center in Austin, Texas, Beeville Art Museum in Beeville, Texas, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas, and Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, among others.