The Magnificent September Auction 2015

September 12,2015 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Ronald Ventura  (b. 1973)

a.) Untitled
signed (lower left) dated 2005 (lower right)
mixed media
11” x 8 1/2” (28 cm x 22 cm)

b.) Untitled
signed and dated 2006 (lower left)

c.) Untitled
signed (lower right) dated 2005 (lower left)

PHP 400,000

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The appearance of humans and animals in the art of Ronald Ventura is rooted in the pagan and animist beliefs — that of deities — of pre-Hispanic Filipinos. Going further, Ventura is of the belief that “man and beast are intrinsically one,” where his creatures are reduced to “productive and consuming units” (Adjani Tumpac) that talk of evolution and survival.
Ventura’s art, as well, delves into the dark and dangerous — of death and the macabre; of skulls and the angel of death — through surreal worlds that, beneath the dark layers and juxtapositions, foretell of grim futures wrought by man to his environment.
Over all, Ventura says that his images all delve into identity — “whether assimilated into a greater whole, or lost totally.”

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