Michael Ryba was one of the most versatile German artists of our time. Michael Ryba grew up in the far north in a family of jurists. Yet, at an early age it was clear he wouldn't follow in the juridical footsteps of his parents but leave the straight and narrow qualified by his distinctive, creative talent landing in the world of art. Numerous national and international publications of books followed as well as a voluminous opus of wide variety showing his extraordinary versatility as an artist, drawer, painter, illustrator, and designer. Ryba truly followed this path with all its barriers and successes until his untimely death in 2014.