Ronald Ventura

Visiting Artist's Demons (detail), 2014
oil on canvas
Black Cloud, 2013
fiberglass, resin, and charcoal
23 x 14 x 28 in. (58.5 x 35.5 x 71 cm)
Installation view of "Bulul. Ronald Ventura and the traditional art of the Philippines"
March 7 - June 1, 2014
Museo delle Culture, Lugano, Switzerland
Installation view of "Bulul. Ronald Ventura and the traditional art of the Philippines"
March 7 - June 1, 2014
Museo delle Culture, Lugano, Switzerland
Installation view of "Watching the Watchmen," November 13 - December 14, 2012
Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines
Sculpture, 2012
fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint and metal
16 1/2 x 14 x 72 in. (42 x 36 x 183 cm)
Sculpture, 2012
fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint and metal
32 x 32 x 72 in. (82 x 82 x 183 cm)
Sculpture, 2012
fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint and metal
36 x 33 x 108 in. (92 x 84 x 275 cm)
Sculpture, 2012
fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint and metal
16 x 15 x 73 in. (41 x 39 x 185 cm) each
Sculpture, 2012
fiberglass, resin, charcoal, polyurethane paint and metal
168 x 48 x 204 in. (427 x 122 x 519 cm)
Never Ending Battlefield 3, 2012
pen and ink on canvas, lightbox
48 x 96 in. (122 x 244 cm)
A view of A Thousand Islands at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 8 – October 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
A VIEW OF A THOUSAND ISLANDS AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART, SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011
Invitation to the Feast, 2011
oil on canvas
60 x 96 in. (152.4 x 243.8 cm)
Memorial Souvenir, 2011
textile paint on batik textile
24 x 66 in. (61 x 167.6 cm)
Astroland, 2011
oil on canvas
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
Monolith, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
84 x 48 x 37 in. (213.4 x 122 x 94 cm)
Conquest, 2011
oil on canvas
36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm)
Escape 2, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
27 x 34 x 10 in. (68.6 x 86.4 x 25.4 cm)
Blind Child, 2011
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 122 cm)
Kingdom, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
39 x 36 x 19 in. (99.1 x 99.4 x 48.3 cm)
Explorer, 2011
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91.4 cm)
Dreamer, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
34 ½ x 22 x 18 in. (87.6 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm)
Mausoleum, 2011
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 122 cm)
Doll Homes, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
31 x 33 x 17 in. (78.7 x 83.8 x 43.2 cm)
Confluence, 2011
oil on canvas
47 ¼ x 35 ½ IN. (50.8 x 63.5 cm)
Minefield, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
20 x 25 x 12 in. (50.8 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)
Confluence Series, 2011
oil on canvas, nine panels
overall dimensions approx. 46 x 53 in. (116.8 x 134.6 cm)
Calculated Spaces, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
23 x 20 x 7 in. (58.4 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm)
Imperfection 1, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
24 x 11 ½ x 11 in. (61 x 29.2 x 27.9 cm)
Imperfection 2, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
42 x 11 ½ x 12 in. (106.7 x 29.2 x 30.5 cm)
Black Hope, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
21 x 13 ½ x 5 in. (53.3 x 34.3 x 12.7 cm)
Escape, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
20 x 13 x 12 in. (50.8 x 33 x 30.5 cm)
Charcoal, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
17 x 19 x 4 in. (43.2 x 48.3 x 10.2 cm)
Pyramids, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
Dimensions Variable (Approximately 6 - 14 IN.)
Installation view of "Humanime," December 3-11, 2011
Fine Art Center, Eslite Building, Taipei, Taiwan
Sweet Rebel, 2011
oil on canvas
96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm)
Animanime, 2011
oil on canvas
72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm)
Numb, 2011
oil on paper
60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)
Appetite, 2011
oil on paper
48 x 60 in (122 x 152.4 cm)
Horse Around, 2011
oil on paper
60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)
Anime Channel, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
Horse Around, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
view of Ronald Ventura's installation, 2011
"Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art" exhibition, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain
Cumulus, 2011
oil on canvas
Worms Island, 2011
fiberglass resin, polyurethane paint, and pipes
Piece of Hope, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
Treasure Island, 2011
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
Cumulus as installed with light boxes, 2011
Grayground, 2011
graphite, acrylic, oil on canvas
60 x 156 in. (152.5 x 396.25 cm)
Current Splash, 2010
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)
Perspective 1, 2010
oil on canvas
26 x 22 in. (66 x 56 cm)
Perspective 2, 2010
oil on canvas
26 x 22 in. (66 x 56 cm)
Apocalyptic Channel, 2010
oil on canvas
60 1/4 x 82 3/4 in. (153 x 210 cm)
Natural - Lies, 2010
oil on canvas
96 x 84 in. (244 x 213.6 cm)
Rebel's Optics, 2010
oil on canvas
84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)
Altar, 2011
oil on canvas
60 x 60 in. (152 x 152 cm)
Noon Time, 2010
oil on canvas
Treasure 1, 2010
oil on canvas
60 x 60 in. (152 x 152 cm)
Waves, 2010
oil on canvas
48 x 71 3/4 in. (122 x 182 cm)
Vision of Death, 2010
fiberglass resin and polyurethane paint
141 3/4 x 43 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (360 x 110 x 70 cm)
Solitude, 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Sunset Drama (Detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Diner Time (detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Rainbow Station (detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Home Theater, 2010
oil on canvas
Bedtime Story, 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Bedtime Story (detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Break Time, 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Break Time (detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Fight Club, 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Fight Club (detail), 2010
mixed media sculpture in old TV
Skyrocket Heights (installation), 2010
"A Duad in Play," LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
High at Five I, 2010
oil on canvas
48 x 60 in. (122 x 152.4 cm)
High at Five III, 2010
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)
Installation View
"Metaphysics of Skin" exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
Installation View
"Metaphysics of Skin" exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
Installation View
"Metaphysics of Skin" exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
The Strong and the Beautiful (Si Malakas at si Maganda), 2009
Oil on canvas
72 x 144 in. (183 x 366 cm )
Pop!, 2009
oil on canvas
96 x 72 in. (244 x 183 cm)
Second Skin, 2009
Oil on canvas
84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)
Echo, 2009
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)
Rainbow for Nothing, 2009
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)
Mother's Mark, 2009
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)
Magenta , 2009
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)
Metaphysics of Skin, 2009
Oil on Canvas, push pins, found objects
85 x 51.5 in (216 x 131 cm)
Arena 1, 2009
oil on canvas paper
25 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. (65 x 50 cm)
Arena 2, 2009
oil on canvas paper
25 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. (65 x 50 cm)
Zoomanities, 2008
Fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
Dimensions Variable (Approximately 10.5 - 16 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
Fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
Dimensions Variable (Approximately 10 - 14 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
dimensions Variable (Approximately 8 - 12 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
dimensions Variable (Approximately 8 - 12 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
Fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
dimensions Variable (Approximately 8 - 12 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
dimensions Variable (Approximately 8 - 12 IN.)
Zoomanities, 2008
Fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
Dimensions Variable (Approximately 8 - 12 IN.)
Grayness a, 2008
oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm)
Grayness b, 2008
oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm)
Destination (detail), 2008
Oil on Gesso Based Canvas
48 x 60 in (122 x 152.4 cm)
Identity, 2008
Oil on Gesso Based Canvas
48 x 48 in (122 x 122 cm)
Black & White, 2008
Oil on Canvas Paper
20 x 25.5 in (50 X 65 cm)
Untitled, 2008
oil on Canvas Paper
20 x 25.5 in (50 X 65 cm)
Weights, 2008
Fiberglass Resin, Acrylic Polyurethane Paint
60 x 33 x 79 cm.
Zoomanities (Installation View), The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2008
Dimensions Variable
Zoomanities (Installation View), The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2008
dimensions Variable
After the Lullaby (Installation), 2008
Oh Boy!, 2009
oil on canvas
108 x 79 1/2 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)
PInamumugaran (Nesting Ground), 2008
mixed media on canvas
60 x 144 in. (152.4 x 366 cm)
Under the Rainbow, 2007
acrylic on canvas
60 x 156 in. (152.5 x 396.25 cm)

Ronald Ventura’s solo exhibition, E.R. (Endless Resurrection), will take place at Tyler Rollins Fine Art from September 4 through October 25, 2014.

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. We are pleased to welcome him back to New York for a showing of new works, taking 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).