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).

E.R. (Endless Resurrection) (2014)

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Visiting Artist’s Demons, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm)

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Armor, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91.5 cm)

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Carne Carnivale, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm)

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Cross Roads to Nowhere, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)

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Cross Turismo, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

48 x 72 in. (122 x 183 cm)

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Reflection Repetition, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

26 x 16 in. (66 x 41.25 cm)

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Turn Around A, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

36 x 24 in. (91.5 x 61 cm)

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Turn Around B, 2014

graphite and oil on canvas

36 x 24 in. (91.5 x 61 cm)

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Dark Cloud, 2014

fiberglass, resin

88 x 145 x 22 in. (223.5 x 368.25 x 56 cm)

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Installation View of "E.R (Endless Resurrection)" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 4 - October 25, 2014

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Installation View of "E.R (Endless Resurrection)" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 4 - October 25, 2014

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Installation View of "E.R (Endless Resurrection)" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 4 - October 25, 2014

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Installation View of "E.R (Endless Resurrection)" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 4 - October 25, 2014

Bulul (2014)

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Installation View of "Bulul. Ronald Ventura and the Traditional Art of the Philippines"

March 7 - June 1, 2014

Museo delle Culture, Lugano, Switzerland

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Installation View of "Bulul. Ronald Ventura and the Traditional Art of the Philippines"

March 7 - June 1, 2014

Museo delle Culture, Lugano, Switzerland

Watching the Watchmen (2012)

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Installation View of "Watching the Watchmen," 2012

Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines

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Sculpture, 2012

fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint, metal

16 ½ x 14 x 72 in. (42 x 36 x 183 cm)

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Sculpture, 2012

fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint, metal

32 x 32 x 72 in. (82 x 82 x 183 cm)

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Sculpture, 2012

fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint, metal

36 x 33 x 108 in. (92 x 84 x 275 cm)

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Sculpture, 2012

fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint, metal

16 x 15 x 73 in. (41 x 39 x 185 cm) each

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Sculpture, 2012

fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint, metal

168 x 48 x 204 in. (427 x 122 x 519 cm)

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Never Ending Battlefield 3, 2012

pen and ink on canvas, lightbox

48 x 96 in. (122 x 244 cm)

A Thousand Islands (2011)

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Invitation to the Feast, 2011

oil on canvas

60 x 96 in. (152.4 x 243.8 cm)

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Memorial Souvenir, 2011

textile paint on batik textile

24 x 66 in. (61 x 167.6 cm)

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Astroland, 2011

oil on canvas

72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

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Monolith, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

84 x 48 x 37 in. (213.4 x 122 x 94 cm)

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Conquest, 2011

oil on canvas

36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm)

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Escape 2, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

27 x 34 x 10 in. (68.6 x 86.4 x 25.4 cm)

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Blind Child, 2011

oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 122 CM)

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Kingdom, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

39 x 36 x 19 in. (99.1 x 99.4 x 48.3 cm)

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Explorer, 2011

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91.4 cm)

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Dreamer, 2011

fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint

34 ½ x 22 x 18 in. (87.6 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm)

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Mausoleum, 2011

oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 122 cm)

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Doll Homes 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

31 x 33 x 17 in. (78.7 x 83.8 x 43.2 cm)

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Confluence, 2011

oil on canvas

47 ¼ x 35 ½ in. (50.8 x 63.5 cm)

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Minefield, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

20 x 25 x 12 in. (50.8 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)

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Confluence Series, 2011

oil on canvas

nine panels, overall dimensions approx. 46 x 53 in. (116.8 x 134.6 cm)

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Calculated Spaces, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

23 x 20 x 7 in. (58.4 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm)

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Imperfection 1, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

24 x 11 ½ x 11 in. (61 x 29.2 x 27.9 cm)

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Imperfection 2, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

42 x 11 ½ x 12 in. (106.7 x 29.2 x 30.5 cm)

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Black Hope, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

21 x 13 ½ x 5 in. (53.3 x 34.3 x 12.7 cm)

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Escape, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

20 x 13 x 12 in. (50.8 x 33 x 30.5 cm)

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Charcoal, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

17 x 19 x 4 in. (43.2 x 48.3 x 10.2 cm)

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Pyramids, 2011

fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 6-14 in. (15 - 36 cm)

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

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Installation View of "A Thousand Islands" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 - October 22, 2011

Surreal Vs. Surrealism (2011)

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Installation view of "Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art", Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Spain, October 6, 2011 - January 8, 2012

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Cumulus, 2011

oil on canvas

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Worms Island, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint, pipes

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Piece of Hope, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

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Treasure Island, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

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Cumulus (as installed with light boxes), 2011

Humanime (2011)

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Installation View of "Humanime" at the Fine Art Center, Eslite Building, Taipei, Taiwan

December 3 - 11, 2011

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Sweet Rebel, 2011

oil on canvas

96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm)

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Animanime, 2011

oil on canvas

72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm)

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Numb, 2011

oil on paper

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Appetite, 2011

oil on paper

48 x 60 in. (122 x 152.4 cm)

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Horse Around, 2011

oil on paper

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Anime Channel, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

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Horse Around, 2011

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

Recent Works (2010-2011)

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Grayground, 2011

graphite, acrylic, oil on canvas

60 x 156 in. (152.5 x 396.25 cm)

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Current Splash, 2010

oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Perspective 1, 2010

oil on canvas

26 x 22 in. (66 x 56 cm)

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Perspective 2, 2010

oil on canvas

26 x 22 in. (66 x 56 cm)

Apocalyptic Channel, 2010

oil on canvas

60 ¼ x 82 ¾ in. (153 x 210 cm)

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Natural - Lies, 2010

oil on canvas

96 x 84 in. (244 x 213.6 cm)

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Rebel's Optics, 2010

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)

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Altar, 2011

oil on canvas

60 x 60 in. (152 x 152 cm)

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Noon Time, 2010

oil on canvas

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Treasure 1, 2010

oil on canvas

60 x 60 in. (152 x 152 cm)

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Waves, 2010

oil on canvas

48 x 71 ¾ in. (122 x 182 cm)

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Vision of Death, 2010

fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint

141 ¾ x 43 ½ x 27 ½ in. (360 x 110 x 70 cm)

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Solitude, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Sunset Drama (detail), 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Dinner Time (detail), 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Rainbow Station (detail), 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

Nanjing Biennale (2010)

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Home Theater, 2010

oil on canvas

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Bedtime Story, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Bedtime Story (detail), 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Break Time, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Break Time, detail, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Fight Club, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

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Fight Club, detail, 2010

mixed media sculpture in old tv

A Duad in Play (2010)

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Skyrocket Heights in the "A Duad in Play" exhibition at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, February 3 - March 3, 2010

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High at Five I, 2010

oil on canvas

48 x 60 in. (122 x 152.4 cm)

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High at Five III, 2010

oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)

Metaphysics of Skin (2009)

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The Strong and the Beautiful (Si Malakas At Si Maganda), 2009

oil on canvas

72 x 144 in. (183 x 366 cm)

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Pop!, 2009

oil on canvas

96 x 72 in. (244 x 183 cm)

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Second Skin, 2009

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)

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Echo, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Rainbow for Nothing, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Mother's Mark, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Magenta, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Metaphysics of Skin, 2009

oil on canvas, push pins, found objects

85 x 51 ½ in (216 x 131 cm)

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Arena 1, 2009

oil on canvas paper

25 ½ x 19 ⅝ in. (65 x 50 cm)

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Arena 2, 2009

oil on canvas paper

25 ½ x 19 ⅝ in. (65 x 50 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 10 ½ - 16 in. (26.5 - 41 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 10 - 14 in. (25.5 - 35.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

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Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

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Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

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Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

Prague Biennale (2009)

Grayness A, 2008

oil on canvas

47 ¼ x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm)

Grayness B, 2008

oil on canvas

47 ¼ x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm)

Mapping the Corporeal (2008)

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Destination, detail, 2008

oil on gesso-based canvas

48 x 60 in. (122 x 152.4 cm)

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Identity, 2008

oil on gesso-based canvas

48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm)

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Black & White, 2008

oil on canvas paper

20 x 25 ½ in. (50 x 65 cm)

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Untitled, 2008

oil on canvas paper

20 x 25 ½ in. (50 x 65 cm)

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Weights, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

23 ½ x 13 x 31 in. (60 x 33 x 79 cm)

Zoomanities (2008)

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Installation view of "Zoomanities" at the Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2008

dimensions variable

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Installation view of "Zoomanities" at the Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2008

dimensions variable

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Installation view of "After the Lullaby", 2008

dimensions variable

Archive

Oh Boy!, 2009

oil on canvas

108 x 79 ½ in. (274 x 202 cm)

Framed, 2009

oil on canvas

60 x 96 in. (152.4 x 243.8 cm)

Ikinakambal (Pairing Up), 2008

acrylic on canvas

96 x 80 in. (244 x 203.5 cm)

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Pinamumugaran (Nesting Ground), 2008

mixed media on canvas

60 x 144 in. (152.4 x 366 cm)

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Under the Rainbow, 2007

acrylic on canvas

60 x 156 in. (152.5 x 396.25 cm)

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Black Cloud, 2013

fiberglass, resin, charcoal

23 x 14 x 28 in. (58.5 x 35.5 x 71 cm)


WORKS

E.R. (Endless Resurrection) (2014)

Bulul (2014)

Watching the Watchmen (2012)

A Thousand Islands (2011)

Surreal Vs. Surrealism (2011)

Humanime (2011)

Recent Works (2010-2011)

Nanjing Biennale (2010)

A Duad in Play (2010)

Metaphysics of Skin (2009)

Prague Biennale (2009)

Mapping the Corporeal (2008)

Zoomanities (2008)

Archive

Philippine Tatler, The Art Provocateur

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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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