Noah Lyon is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Retard Riot, well known for his work in the permanent collections of the Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art, The Menil Collection and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Early Life & Education

Noah Lyon was born on September 11, 1979, in New York City. He attended the Cooper Union and graded from there in 2001. During his early age, he was keen interested in arts. The information about his parents is not available on social networking sites.


He works in all mediums that interest to the eyes and ears, most often beginning with drawing and ending with the installation. He likes plants and making people laugh. Following several different monikers, he trains the art of turntablism, plunderphonics, and cultural criticism.

Besides his art career, he continues a prolific output of underground ephemera including Retard Riot zines, radio broadcasts, CD-R’s, cassettes, stickers, flyers, collaborative tape music and buttons.


As an artist, he has been related to Pablo Picasso, not because of his aesthetics but rather the brute instinct, intimacy, and natural playfulness that his work reflects. The content of his sketches and paintings are more similar to the work of Hieronymus Bosch according to European art critic Thomas Millroth, “With a fantastic imagination à la Bosch Lyon takes his nourishment from news flow, popular culture, contemporary society, international politics and doomsday prophecies.”

Noah Lyon’s Villa Contemporary Art

His work has been regarded for its bold pop art imagery, surrealism, and social criticism. Lyon often collides brightly colored minimalism with image-saturated visual overload aesthetics. His artwork was highlighted regularly in Fort Thunder’s Paper Rodeo.

Retard Riot buttons

He is the founder of the absurdism known as Retard Riot, a funny network of radical individuals devoted to music, philosophy, art, semiotics, political science and food. He has designed and proceeds to produce a series of creating thousands of hand drawn designs, one-inch pin-back buttons, and original texts.

Noah Lyon’s sound art on RETARD RIOT

The buttons include absurdist propaganda, a mix of political satire, social critique, and simple observations. Retard Riot buttons are sold en masse by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


He has shown widely everywhere Europe and the United States in galleries and museums such as MOCA LA, Art Basel, The Armory Show, Printed Matter Inc., Anthology Film Archives, Deitch Projects, Brändström & Stene, Galleri Thomas Wallner, MoMA PS1 and others. His work has been linked to museum shows with Robert Rauschenberg, Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol and other influential American artists.

Noah Lyon’s Art

Personal Life & Net Worth

Being a successful artist, he attracted the millions of people through his works. He has a huge fan following on social networking sites, where he has posted his several creations. His followers are also curious about his relationship status. But he always stays away from media when it comes to his personal life. His relationship status is still unknown to us whether he is dating anyone or not.He holds British nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He surely earns a handsome salary from his career and his estimated net worth to be around million.