Ranis has a master’s of fine arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and is a sculptor, installation and video artist, photographer and a painter. Since 1994, Ranis has focused on environmental art and is the creator of more than 50 large-scale environmental installations in United States, Poland, Germany, France, Iceland, Holland, Taiwan and Australia. Ranis has received many prestigious grants and has participated in numerous residencies and art symposiums in Europe, United States, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia. He has participated in more than 70 international solo and group exhibitions. He is currently a professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has multiple experiences within the Arctic and been a Polar Lab artist-in-residence with the Anchorage Museum since 2013.