Ronald Ventura


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in 1973 in Manila, the Philippines, where he continues to live and work, Ronald Ventura ranks as one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation in Southeast Asia. With their unique combinations of figurative motifs, his paintings and sculptures are now among the most recognizable images of contemporary art in Southeast Asia. His work features a complex layering of images and styles, ranging from hyperrealism to cartoons and graffiti. Ventura takes the layering process in his work as a metaphor for the multifaceted national identity of the Philippines. Over the centuries, the profound influences of various occupying powers – Spain, Japan, and the United States – along with the underlying indigenous culture, have produced a complex and at times uneasy sense of identity. Ventura explores this historical and psychic phenomenon through a dialogue of images evoking East and West, high and low, old and young – seen, for example, in allusions to Old Master paintings or Japanese and American cartoons. He draws our attention to the “second skin” of cultural signifiers that each person carries with him, however unwittingly. Ventura views skin as an expressive surface – written on with tattoos, concealed under layers of imagery, or exploding outwards to reveal an inner world of fantasy and conflict.

Ventura presented his first US solo exhibition, Metaphysics of Skin, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2009, following up with A Thousand Islands in 2011. His most recent exhibition at the gallery, E.R. (Endless Resurrection), took place from September 4 to October 25, 2014. Other exhibitions of note include: Bulul, Ronald Ventura and the traditional art of the Philippines, Museo delle Culture, Lugano, Switzerland (2014); Watching the Watchmen, Vargas Museum, Manila, the Philippines (2012); Recyclables, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore (2012); Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2011); A Duad in Play, ICA Gallery, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2010); Mapping the Corporeal, National University of Singapore Museum (2008). He was also a participating artist in the Prague Biennale (2009) and the Nanjing Biennial (2010).

Widewalls, Ronald Ventura Profile

May, 2017


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ART REPUBLIK, Magick & Belief

April, 2017


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Philippine Tatler, The Art Provocateur

2015


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Artillery, Ronald Ventura at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

September, 2014


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Art Radar, Demons, saints, penitents, and pop: Filipino artist Ronald Ventura in New York – in pictures

September, 2014


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Blouin Artinfo.com Asia Edition, Ronald Ventura Taking on the World

2013


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Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Now, The Philippines

2013


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Luxury Properties Magazine, Uncanny Icons

November, 2012


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Flash Art, Ronald Ventura

2012


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Watching the Watchmen Catalogue

2012


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Flash Art, Review of Ronald Ventura at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

January, 2012


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Ronald Ventura Recyclables

2012


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The New York Times, A Filipino Artist’s Fantastical Vision, Finely Crafted

November, 2011


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The Huffington Post, Haiku Reviews: Shakespeare, Abstraction and Pacific Standard Time (PHOTOS)

October, 2011


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Artinfo, The 7 Top Shows to See This Week, From Lisa Yuskavage to Carsten Nicolai

September, 2011


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Dossier Journal, Ronald Ventura

2011


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The Art Economist, Ronald Ventura

2011


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Skull Style: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design, Ronald Ventura

2011


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The Luxury Channel, 8 Asian Artists to Watch

2010


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Art Asia Pacific Almanac, Philippines

2010


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A Duad in Play, Posthuman Monstrosities, Posthuman Toys

2010


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Without Walls, Ronald Ventura

2010


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Public Art, Ronald Ventura

2009


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Philippine Tatler, Tittle Tattle

October, 2009


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ArtSlant, Supraconscious Appropriations

October, 2009


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Art Notes, South East Asia

October, 2009


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Spot, Filipino artist exhibits in New York

September, 2009


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Artepinas, Metaphysics of Skin

September, 2009


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Filipinas, Ventura’s Vision

September, 2009


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+Koultura, The Strong and The Beautiful

August, 2009


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The Swank Style, Ace Ventura ] Ronald’s first US show explores the second skin

August, 2009


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Limité Magazine, Ronald Ventura

2009


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Contemporary Art Philippines, The World According to Ronald Ventura

2009


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Time, A New York City gallery showcases art from Southeast Asia

December, 2008


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National University of Singapore, Mapping the Corporeal

September, 2008


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Prague Biennale 4, Ronald Ventura

2008


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