R!ch Cihlar (Sy-ler) is a contemporary pop artist inhabiting the Cleveland (Ohio) landscape. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College who had a primary focus in traditional printmaking during his college years. His work is far from traditional these days and it has since evolved into a hot mess of pop art united with found objects resulting in serious yet quirky works. These variety of mediums have allowed Cihlar to push the parameters of his creative process.
Currently, Cihlar owns and operates a contemporary art gallery with his friends called E11even 2 on the west side of Cleveland, which gives him the ability to interact with other artists and clients who seek a variety of styles and mediums.
R!ch is also one half of the dynamic duo known as “Don’t Panic!” (Bob Peck is the other artist). Their abstract and pop art styles collide like a candy colored explosion of organized chaos. Each piece features a subject (by R!ch Cihlar) and abstract energy (by Bob Peck). R!ch creates highly detailed stenciled images and Bob works over, under, around and through them with his abstract style, using color and line work to help set the tone. In the end, each collaborative piece ends with a harmonious mix of spray paint and acrylic paint that ensures excitement with its kinetic energy and unassuming dialog. Don’t Panic! has been establishing its roots with live painting performances, murals, and gallery exhibitions around the city of Cleveland, and continues to thrive in the art scene.