An ardent practitioner of gothic realism, notable contemporary Filipino artist Ronald Ventura is one to achieve the main tenets of the aforementioned tradition.
Heavily inspired by the Sensation art exhibition curated by Charles Saatchi.
Ventura sought to explore the often overlooked aspect of gothic realism: memory. In these two paintings, he attempts to shatter the dichotomy of the conscious and the subconscious; and to an extent the real and the imaginary. Ventura places the value of existence not on any material or objective reality or truth but on the way we see, perceive, and remember. By emphasizing the human form through the lens of the surreal and real, Ventura posits that what is real and true is not what is out there in the world but rather what lives and thrives deep within the recesses of the mind.