Ron Joranko

(1935 - 2008)

Archived in 2011


Ron Joranko was a distinguished painter of Cleveland landscapes and cityscapes, as well as still life and portraiture. Born in Yorkville, Ohio, he moved with his family to an eastern suburb of Cleveland. Joranko attended the Cleveland Institute of Art with a talented-student scholarship. He served with the Marines for several years. After he was discharged from the military, he enrolled at Ohio State University as an accounting major. Joranko enjoyed a career at TRW, a company based in Cleveland, as Director of Taxes National and International. Shortly before retiring from TRW, Joranko traveled to Vienna, Austria with sketch pad, pencil and paint brush in hand. He spent his time in Vienna drawing and painting the local architecture and street scenes; and it was there that he rediscovered his passion for art. After retiring from TRW at the age of 55, he studied the masters, attended figure drawing classes, and shared a studio with other artists. Eventually he held a one-man show, at which his paintings sold out. Subsequently, he was represented in several Cleveland galleries. The Cleveland Clinic as well as other notable area businesses commissioned his paintings. Art became his final calling in life. He transformed his home in Tremont to accommodate his studio and to display his fine collection of works by Cleveland artists.